Two New Zealand Royal Navy ships departed for Tonga on January 18 to deliver aid to the tsunami-hit nation following a powerful volcanic eruption on January 15.
The ships, carrying humanitarian aid and disaster relief supplies, were expected to arrive in Tonga on Friday, according to the New Zealand Defence Force.
At least three people were confirmed to have died after the volcanic eruption triggered a tsunami. All homes on one outer island were said to be destroyed, and communications have been curtailed by the severing of an undersea cable. Credit: New Zealand Defence Force via Storyful