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New Zealand volcano eruption victims to receive $6.1 million in compensation

New Zealand volcano eruption victims to receive $6.1 million in compensation

A New Zealand court ordered further compensation this Friday, March 1 10 million dollars New Zealanders (5.6 million euros). Victims of the 2019 Wakkari (White Island) volcanic eruption. Three travel agencies have to pay for it.

Wakkari, one of New Zealand's most active and touristic volcanoes, erupted on December 9, 2019, leaving 47 people – most of them tourists – on or near the island. of this, 22 people died– At the disaster site or while treating burns-25 others were injured.

Judgment of the court

This Friday, Judge Evangelos Thomas of the District Court of Auckland, New Zealand pointed out in his ruling. Everyone affected will receive An approximate fee of approx $250,000 (140,675 euros).

However, this amount varies depending on factors such as whether the victims left children in their care, the emotional distress of children who lost a parent, whether families lost more than one loved one, or whether survivors lost family members. .

Amounts payable by travel agencies

A family company that manages the private island where the volcano is located. Vakkari Management LimitedAbout 4.9 million New Zealand dollars (2.8 million euros) must be paid to victims.

While being a tour operator White Island Tours Five million dollars (2.8 million euros) and the helicopter company must pay Volcano Air SafarisAbout 330,000 dollars (185,700 euros).

Other penalties for disaster

In addition, the judge ordered the three companies and two tourism companies, Arias and Kahu, to pay fines of between one million (563,000 euros) and 196,000 New Zealand dollars (110,308 euros) respectively.

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The biggest penalties in this test are for failures in safety and health matters. It is affiliated with Vaccari Management, a trust run by brothers Andrew, James and Peter Buttle, which has been in the family's hands since 1936 and manages tourism activities associated with the island.

In a separate ruling, the judge fined GSN, the government agency responsible for monitoring volcanic activity in New Zealand.