5 confirmed dead in New Zealand volcano eruption: police
Tims said the five people who died were among the 23 already evacuated from the island earlier on Monday.
When asked during the press conference whether police know if people on the island are still alive, Tims simply answered, "We don't know."
Police said New Zealand nationals and overseas tourists were in the vicinity of the eruption. While officials have not confirmed the nationalities of all involved, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Twitter that Australians were "caught up in the event."
Speaking at an earlier press conference, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the eruption was a "significant issue," particularly the scale of those affected.Read more: ABS-CBN News Channel
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