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Thick layer of ash delays emergency aid supplies for Tonga

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Australia and New Zealand sent surveillance flights on Monday to assess the damage after Tonga was isolated from the rest of the world when Saturday’s eruption blanketed the Pacific Island with ash

There is currently a thick layer of ash coating the 2.6 kilometre runway of Fua’amotu International Airport.

This means there is a delay with Royal New Zealand Air Force Hercules that is carrying emergency supplies.

A distress signal has also been detected in a low-lying island following the volcanic eruption, as flagged by the UN.

The UN Humanitarian reports of significant infrastructural damage around the main island following the tsunami that occurred after the Tonga Volcano eruption

As assessments on damage continues.. authorities have called for immediate assistance, in particular for fresh water and water

In support, UNICEF Australia has announced emergency assistance.

The organisation says its ready to transport pre-positioned emergency supplies to assist Tonga including clean water, hygiene kits, tarpaulins, recreational kits and tents

UNICEF pacific representative says we are on standby to provide humanitarian support to the government of tonga and its people effected”

Emergency efforts are still unfolding as communication remains limited due to disruption caused by the volcano.

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Over 20 young people mysteriously die at nightclub

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Authorities in South Africa are investigating the deaths of 22 people, who were mysteriously found in a nightclub

Victims were found spread across the tables and floors in a coastal town.

They have been taken for testing, as authorities scramble to find a cause of death.

South Africa’s President is sending his “deepest condolences” to families of the victims, most of whom are teenagers.

The tragedy has taken place during Youth Month, where South Africa pushes for more opportunities to help young people from poor socio-economic backgrounds.

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Deadly stadium collapse at bullfighting event in Columbia

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At least four people have died, and 500 injured at a bullfighting stadium in Columbia

Videos show a stand collapsing during the event, as emergency workers race to help.

Local media reports that hospitals have begun helping those who were injured.

The nation’s newly-elected President is calling for an end to bullfighting, tweeting that tragedies like this have already happened in the past.

He is urging local authorities to not allow more shows that involve the death of people or animals.

Investigations continue into the cause of the collapse.

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Major disruption in Sydney as climate protesters take to the streets

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There’s been major disruption across Sydney, as climate protesters take to the streets and block CBD roads

NSW Police officers chased dozens of climate protesters who were seen throwing milk crates, and barricades.

One demonstrator blocked the entry to one of the busiest thoroughfares in the city.

Members from Blockade Australia kicked off the rally by attempting to stop flowing traffic by dragging rubbish bins, construction barriers and building material into the middle of the road.

The Sydney Harbour Tunnel has now reopened but the organisation says it will hold more protests this week.

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