[Sydney / Wellington, 17th Reuters]–The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced on the 17th that it received a rescue signal from a remote island in Tonga, an island country in the South Pacific Ocean, where a large-scale eruption of a submarine volcano occurred.
Tongatapu Island, the main island where the capital Nuku’alofa is located, is not expected to have suffered many casualties at this time, but it is reported that two people are missing, and Nuku’alofa and other resort areas and houses along the west coast of the island have been seriously damaged. It is said that it has received.
“We cannot rule out the possibility of further volcanic activity,” he said.
OCHA said the two low-lying islands of Phonoi and Mango, where the rescue signal was detected, were “particularly concerned” because they were out of contact with the Ha’apai Islands. According to the Tongan government, 36 people live on Mango Island and 69 people live on Phonoi Island.
A relative told British media that a British woman, who had been reported missing, had died.