Prime Minister of Tonga Akilisi Pohiva arrives to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York. File photo/ Reuters
Tongan Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva, who was being treated for pneumonia at a hospital in Auckland, has died, New Zealand media said on Thursday.
Pohiva, 78, was medevaced to Auckland Hospital on Wednesday, Radio New Zealand said.
The news was confirmed by an information ministry official, although the prime minister’s office could not immediately be reached for comment.
The Tongan parliament has been deferred indefinitely as a result, media said.
A Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules landed in Tonga's Fua'amotu International Airport, a defence spokesperson said, after a blanket of volcanic ash was cleared off the runway.
Tonga police told the New Zealand High Commission that the confirmed death toll stood at two but with communications in the South Pacific island nation cut, the true extent of casualties was not clear.
The capital Nuku'alofa suffered "significant" damage, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, adding there had been no reports of injury or death but a full assessment was not yet possible with communication lines down.
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