Nouvelle-Zélande: des hélicoptères évacuent des touristes isolés par le séisme

Le tremblement de terre de magnitude 7,8 qui a secoué la Nouvelle-Zélande dimanche a isolé de nombreux touristes. Mardi, des hélicoptères de l'armée néo-zélandaise ont commencé à les évacuer.
15 nov. 2016, 08:20
/ Màj. le 15 nov. 2016 à 09:27
L'évacuation des touristes a commencé mardi.

Des hélicoptères de l'armée néo-zélandaise ont commencé mardi à évacuer les touristes pris au piège par un puissant séisme qui a dévasté dimanche une région côtière de la Nouvelle-Zélande. Quelque 1200 touristes sont coincés à Kaikoura, dans l'île du sud. Les premiers d'entre eux ont commencé à être héliportés par quatre appareils de l'armée. Un bâtiment de la marine, le HMNZS Canterbury, capable d'évacuer des centaines de personnes, était également attendu dans la zone, vraisemblablement mercredi.

 

 

Kaikoura a été particulièrement frappée par le tremblement de terre de magnitude 7,8 qui a secoué la Nouvelle-Zélande et lors duquel deux personnes ont péri lundi. La ville a été coupée du monde par des gigantesques glissements de terrain qui ont endommagé les liaisons routières et ferroviaires. Selon la police, les réserves d'eau commencent à baisser, tandis que des centaines de personnes sont toujours réfugiées dans des centres d'évacuation.

Vivres et eau

Environ 2000 personnes habitent à Kaikoura, auxquelles s'ajoutaient au moment du séisme 1200 touristes, selon le premier ministre John Key. Il s'agit pour la plupart de routards étrangers attirés par la possibilité de faire des croisières pour observer les baleines. Si la facture des réparations va vraisemblablement atteindre les milliards de dollars, la première mission des pouvoirs publics est la distribution de vivres et d'équipements à la ville isolée.

Des C-103 Hercules sont prêts à acheminer des vivres. Cinquante hélicoptères civils devraient également être mobilisés pour les efforts d'évacuation, selon la presse locale.

In this image made from video, three cows are stranded on an island of grass in a paddock that had been ripped apart following an earthquake near Kaikoura, New Zealand Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. A powerful earthquake that rocked New Zealand on Monday triggered landslides and a small tsunami, cracked apart roads and homes, but largely spared the country the devastation it saw five years ago when a deadly earthquake struck the same region. (Newshub via AP)
In this image made from video, three cows are stranded on an island of grass in a paddock that had been ripped apart following an earthquake near Kaikoura, New Zealand Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. A powerful earthquake that rocked New Zealand on Monday triggered landslides and a small tsunami, cracked apart roads and homes, but largely spared the country the devastation it saw five years ago when a deadly earthquake struck the same region. (Newshub via AP) ©newshub
Railway tracks of the main trunk railway line are displaced by a massive landslide that also blocks State Highway One following an earthquake on the coastline, north of Kaikoura, New Zealand Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. A powerful earthquake that rocked New Zealand on Monday triggered landslides and a small tsunami, cracked apart roads and homes and left two people dead, but largely spared the country the devastation it saw five years ago when a deadly earthquake struck the same region. (Mark Mitchell/Pool Photo via AP)
Railway tracks of the main trunk railway line are displaced by a massive landslide that also blocks State Highway One following an earthquake on the coastline, north of Kaikoura, New Zealand Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. A powerful earthquake that rocked New Zealand on Monday triggered landslides and a small tsunami, cracked apart roads and homes and left two people dead, but largely spared the country the devastation it saw five years ago when a deadly earthquake struck the same region. (Mark Mitchell/Pool Photo via AP) ©New Zealand Herald
epa05630713 A handout picture released by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) on 14 November 2016 shows an aerial view taken during aerial surveys by Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) aircraft showing damage to infrastructure following the 7.5 magnitude Hanmer Earthquake near the Kaikoura Coast, New Zealand. The New Zealand Defence Force mobilized personnel and aircraft to support the Government's response to a massive earthquake that slammed New Zealand's South Island.  EPA/SGT SAM SHEPHERD/NEW ZEALAND DEFENCE FORCE -- AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT -- HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
epa05630713 A handout picture released by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) on 14 November 2016 shows an aerial view taken during aerial surveys by Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) aircraft showing damage to infrastructure following the 7.5 magnitude Hanmer Earthquake near the Kaikoura Coast, New Zealand. The New Zealand Defence Force mobilized personnel and aircraft to support the Government's response to a massive earthquake that slammed New Zealand's South Island. EPA/SGT SAM SHEPHERD/NEW ZEALAND DEFENCE FORCE -- AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT -- HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES ©KEYSTONE
epa05630540 Damage to state highway 7 near the Waiau Ferry Bridge near Hanmer, after the 7.5 magnitude earthquake, in Christchurch, New Zealand, early 14 November 2016. According to reports, a 7.8 magnitude earthqauke has hit New Zealand overnight, triggering a tsunami warning for the east coast of the country.  EPA/DAVID ALEXANDER NEW ZEALAND OUT
epa05630540 Damage to state highway 7 near the Waiau Ferry Bridge near Hanmer, after the 7.5 magnitude earthquake, in Christchurch, New Zealand, early 14 November 2016. According to reports, a 7.8 magnitude earthqauke has hit New Zealand overnight, triggering a tsunami warning for the east coast of the country. EPA/DAVID ALEXANDER NEW ZEALAND OUT ©KEYSTONE
epa05630711 A handout picture released by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) on 14 November 2016 shows an aerial view taken during aerial surveys by Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) aircraft showing damage to infrastructure following the 7.5 magnitude Hanmer Earthquake near the Kaikoura Coast, New Zealand. The New Zealand Defence Force mobilized personnel and aircraft to support the Government's response to a massive earthquake that slammed New Zealand's South Island.  EPA/SGT SAM SHEPHERD/NEW ZEALAND DEFENCE FORCE -- AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT -- HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
epa05630711 A handout picture released by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) on 14 November 2016 shows an aerial view taken during aerial surveys by Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) aircraft showing damage to infrastructure following the 7.5 magnitude Hanmer Earthquake near the Kaikoura Coast, New Zealand. The New Zealand Defence Force mobilized personnel and aircraft to support the Government's response to a massive earthquake that slammed New Zealand's South Island. EPA/SGT SAM SHEPHERD/NEW ZEALAND DEFENCE FORCE -- AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT -- HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES ©KEYSTONE
epa05630712 A handout picture released by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) on 14 November 2016 shows an aerial view taken during aerial surveys by Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) aircraft showing damage to infrastructure following the 7.5 magnitude Hanmer Earthquake near the Kaikoura Coast, New Zealand. The New Zealand Defence Force mobilized personnel and aircraft to support the Government's response to a massive earthquake that slammed New Zealand's South Island.  EPA/SGT SAM SHEPHERD/NEW ZEALAND DEFENCE FORCE -- AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT -- HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
epa05630712 A handout picture released by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) on 14 November 2016 shows an aerial view taken during aerial surveys by Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) aircraft showing damage to infrastructure following the 7.5 magnitude Hanmer Earthquake near the Kaikoura Coast, New Zealand. The New Zealand Defence Force mobilized personnel and aircraft to support the Government's response to a massive earthquake that slammed New Zealand's South Island. EPA/SGT SAM SHEPHERD/NEW ZEALAND DEFENCE FORCE -- AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT -- HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES ©KEYSTONE
Fissures run along a road by the Centre Port in Wellington, Monday, November 14, 2016, after a major earthquake struck New Zealand's south Island early Monday.  A powerful earthquake struck in a mostly rural area close to the city of Christchurch but appeared to be more strongly felt in the capital, Wellington, more than 200 Km (120 miles) away. (Ross Setford/SNPA via AP)
Fissures run along a road by the Centre Port in Wellington, Monday, November 14, 2016, after a major earthquake struck New Zealand's south Island early Monday. A powerful earthquake struck in a mostly rural area close to the city of Christchurch but appeared to be more strongly felt in the capital, Wellington, more than 200 Km (120 miles) away. (Ross Setford/SNPA via AP) ©www.snpa.co.nz
A freight train is trapped by landslides following an earthquake on the coastline, north of Kaikoura, New Zealand, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. A powerful earthquake that rocked New Zealand on Monday triggered landslides and a small tsunami, cracked apart roads and homes and left two people dead, but largely spared the country the devastation it saw five years ago when a deadly earthquake struck the same region. (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald Pool Photo via AP)
A freight train is trapped by landslides following an earthquake on the coastline, north of Kaikoura, New Zealand, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. A powerful earthquake that rocked New Zealand on Monday triggered landslides and a small tsunami, cracked apart roads and homes and left two people dead, but largely spared the country the devastation it saw five years ago when a deadly earthquake struck the same region. (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald Pool Photo via AP) ©New Zealand Herald
Stacked containers on angles at Centre Port, Wellington, Monday, November 14, 2016, after a major earthquake struck New Zealand's south Island early Monday.  A powerful earthquake struck in a mostly rural area close to the city of Christchurch but appeared to be more strongly felt in the capital, Wellington, more than 200 Km (120 miles) away. (Ross Setford/SNPA via AP)
Stacked containers on angles at Centre Port, Wellington, Monday, November 14, 2016, after a major earthquake struck New Zealand's south Island early Monday. A powerful earthquake struck in a mostly rural area close to the city of Christchurch but appeared to be more strongly felt in the capital, Wellington, more than 200 Km (120 miles) away. (Ross Setford/SNPA via AP) ©www.snpa.co.nz
epa05630206 Tsunami safe level warning markings on roads on hills around Wellington after a 7.5 earthquake based around Cheviot in the South island shock the capital, in Waiouru, New Zealand, early 14 November 2016. According to reports, a 7.8 magnitude earthqauke has hit New Zealand overnight, triggering a tsunami warning for the east coast of the country.  EPA/ROSS SETFORD NEW ZEALAND OUT
epa05630206 Tsunami safe level warning markings on roads on hills around Wellington after a 7.5 earthquake based around Cheviot in the South island shock the capital, in Waiouru, New Zealand, early 14 November 2016. According to reports, a 7.8 magnitude earthqauke has hit New Zealand overnight, triggering a tsunami warning for the east coast of the country. EPA/ROSS SETFORD NEW ZEALAND OUT ©KEYSTONE
The picture shows earthquake damage on State Highway One, north of Kaikoura following an earthquake in New Zealand Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. A powerful earthquake that rocked New Zealand on Monday triggered landslides and a small tsunami, cracked apart roads and homes, but largely spared the country the devastation it saw five years ago when a deadly earthquake struck the same region.(Mark Mitchell/Pool Photo via AP)
The picture shows earthquake damage on State Highway One, north of Kaikoura following an earthquake in New Zealand Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. A powerful earthquake that rocked New Zealand on Monday triggered landslides and a small tsunami, cracked apart roads and homes, but largely spared the country the devastation it saw five years ago when a deadly earthquake struck the same region.(Mark Mitchell/Pool Photo via AP) ©KEYSTONE
The picture shows earthquake damage on State Highway One and the main trunk railway line following an earthquake, north of Kaikoura, New Zealand Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. A powerful earthquake that rocked New Zealand on Monday triggered landslides and a small tsunami, cracked apart roads and homes, but largely spared the country the devastation it saw five years ago when a deadly earthquake struck the same region. (Mark Mitchell/Pool Photo via AP)
The picture shows earthquake damage on State Highway One and the main trunk railway line following an earthquake, north of Kaikoura, New Zealand Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. A powerful earthquake that rocked New Zealand on Monday triggered landslides and a small tsunami, cracked apart roads and homes, but largely spared the country the devastation it saw five years ago when a deadly earthquake struck the same region. (Mark Mitchell/Pool Photo via AP) ©KEYSTONE
epa05629893 Glass and masonary on the footpath in Wakefield Street, Wellington, after an earthquake based around Cheviot in the South island shock the capital, New Zealand, early 14 November 2016. According to reports, a 7.8 magnitude earthqauke has hit New Zealand overnight, triggering a tsunami warning for the east coast of the country.  EPA/ROSS SETFORD
epa05629893 Glass and masonary on the footpath in Wakefield Street, Wellington, after an earthquake based around Cheviot in the South island shock the capital, New Zealand, early 14 November 2016. According to reports, a 7.8 magnitude earthqauke has hit New Zealand overnight, triggering a tsunami warning for the east coast of the country. EPA/ROSS SETFORD ©KEYSTONE
epa05629891 Logs have toppled off their racks on the wharf at Centreport, Wellington, after an earthquake based around Cheviot in the South island shock the capital, New Zealand, early 14 November 2016. According to reports, a 7.8 magnitude earthqauke has hit New Zealand overnight, triggering a tsunami warning for the east coast of the country.  EPA/ROSS SETFORD
epa05629891 Logs have toppled off their racks on the wharf at Centreport, Wellington, after an earthquake based around Cheviot in the South island shock the capital, New Zealand, early 14 November 2016. According to reports, a 7.8 magnitude earthqauke has hit New Zealand overnight, triggering a tsunami warning for the east coast of the country. EPA/ROSS SETFORD ©KEYSTONE
epa05629892 The truck loading ramp at the Interisland Ferry wharf has dropped, after an earthquake based around Cheviot in the South island shock the capital Wellington, New Zealand, early 14 November 2016. According to reports, a 7.8 magnitude earthqauke has hit New Zealand overnight, triggering a tsunami warning for the east coast of the country.  EPA/ROSS SETFORD
epa05629892 The truck loading ramp at the Interisland Ferry wharf has dropped, after an earthquake based around Cheviot in the South island shock the capital Wellington, New Zealand, early 14 November 2016. According to reports, a 7.8 magnitude earthqauke has hit New Zealand overnight, triggering a tsunami warning for the east coast of the country. EPA/ROSS SETFORD ©KEYSTONE
epa05630019 Groceries litter the aisle at the New World Supermarket in Miramar, after an earthquake based around Cheviot in the South island hit the capital Wellington, New Zealand, early 14 November 2016. According to reports, a 7.8 magnitude earthqauke has hit New Zealand overnight, triggering a tsunami warning for the east coast of the country.  EPA/ROSS SETFORD
epa05630019 Groceries litter the aisle at the New World Supermarket in Miramar, after an earthquake based around Cheviot in the South island hit the capital Wellington, New Zealand, early 14 November 2016. According to reports, a 7.8 magnitude earthqauke has hit New Zealand overnight, triggering a tsunami warning for the east coast of the country. EPA/ROSS SETFORD ©KEYSTONE