Toll rises to 21 from New Zealand volcano eruption – Reuters

Toll rises to 21 from New Zealand volcano eruption - Reuters 1

FILE Photograph: A army helicopter flies at the airport in the course of the rescue mission next the White Island volcano eruptions in Whakatane, New Zealand, December 13, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The demise toll from previous month’s volcanic eruption on New Zealand’s White Island rose to 21 soon after one more person died in medical center from injuries, law enforcement confirmed on Thursday.

The identify of the deceased will be released following loved ones associates have been knowledgeable, New Zealand police claimed in a statement.

Other survivors of the eruption are still being dealt with for significant burns in hospitals in Australia and New Zealand.

Out of the formal tally of 21 fatalities, 18 individuals have died in New Zealand and two in hospitals in Australia.

Official inquiries into the Dec. 9 eruption and New Zealand’s response will take up to a calendar year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said.

Reporting by Swati Pandey Editing by Tom Hogue

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