Nine Hungarian citizens are to be evacuated from the island of St Martin which has been ravaged by hurricane Irma, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told a press conference on Monday.
The government is in constant contact with Dutch and US crisis centres which the minister said were at the moment focused on rescuing their own citizens.
Szijjártó said the government was also in contact with a US ship in connection with the evacuations, adding that the Hungarian state would rent a plane in the nearby Dominican Republic. However, infrastructure and communication have been badly damaged by the hurricane, and only military aircraft have clearance to land on St Martin, he added.
St Martin, an Atlantic island that is partly French and partly Dutch territory, has suffered severe distruction by hurricane Irma.
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