New Zealand crews clear route to earthquake-hit town

New Zealand: The magnitude 7.8 quake that struck on Monday left hundreds of tourists stranded in Kaikoura after landslides blocked off all access.

By: AP | Wellington | Published:November 16, 2016 9:11 am
New Zealand, earthquake, New Zealand earthquake, new zealand crew, clear route, kaikoura, coastal town kaioura, world news, indian express Landslides blocked State Highway One near Kaikoura on the upper east coast of New Zealand’s South Island following an earthquake, on Monday. (Source: REUTERS)

New Zealand transport authorities say they’ve managed to clear an emergency route to the coastal township of Kaikoura, although it’s only open for military vehicles to deliver water and other supplies. Transport Agency Highways Manager Neil Walker says the inland road remains high-risk and unsuitable for cars. He says crews are working to open the road for the public by the weekend.

The coastal roads to Kaikoura were harder hit and are likely to remain closed much longer. The magnitude 7.8 quake that struck on Monday left hundreds of tourists stranded in Kaikoura after landslides blocked off all access. The military is evacuating people in helicopters and by ship. The military say they have evacuated about 260 people by helicopter and 150 by ship since Tuesday.