Disaster expert weighs in on White Island recovery risk

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Thu, 12 Dec 2019, 5:51PM
First responders on the ground on White Island after the eruption. (Photo / Supplied)

Disaster expert weighs in on White Island recovery risk

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 12 Dec 2019, 5:51PM

An expert in disaster risk and resilience says making a decision on returning to Whakaari / White Island will have been a complex process.

Police have been briefing family members this afternoon on a plan to attempt recovery of the bodies from the island tomorrow.

Canterbury University associate professor Thomas Wilson told Heather du Plessis-Allan it's been a sensitive and emotional time for everyone involved.

"The experts will be thinking about a lot of those technical aspects and trying to come up with something that's pragmatic but also keeps any recovery team safe, or as safe as possible."

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