A New Zealand plane has landed in the Pacific island nation of Tonga with emergency relief after a volcanic eruption and tsunami.
A foreign plane landed in the country for the first time on Thursday, five days after volcanic eruptions contaminated water supplies and destroyed settlements in a tsunami.
New Zealand reports that a military plane has landed at Tonga’s main airport after clearing the runway ash from the runway. Other planes and ships sent by them are on their way.
The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued. The tsunami killed at least three people in nearby Tonga and cut off communication.
The islands of Tonga are covered by volcanic ash. Toxic ash creates serious health risks. The country’s water supply system is contaminated by salt water from ash and tsunami waves. The country was cut off from the rest of the world by a volcanic eruption and a tsunami.
After a five-day isolation, Tonga has re-established contact with the rest of the world.
The runway at Nuku’Alofa Airport in the capital was covered in thick ash, making it impossible for aircraft to land there. The rescue operation was completed on Wednesday after the country’s rescue teams and volunteers worked hard for four days to clean the airport’s tarmac using shovels and wheelbarrows.