Daily US Times, Wellington: New Zealand police have confirmed that five individuals have died and eight are missing after White Island volcano erupted on Monday as vacationers visited the island. The CNN claimed the death toll as thirteen.
Thirty-four individuals survived, with 31 receiving treatment in hospital.
Two British girls have been amongst these receiving treatment, stated the UK High Commissioner to New Zealand, Laura Clarke.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated he “feared” three of the five confirmed dead have been Australian.
Mr Morrison stated that 24 Australians have been onboard a cruise ship exploring the island within the Bay of Plenty when the volcano erupted.
Of these, 13 individuals had been hospitalised, and 11 have been unaccounted for, he stated.
Mr Morrison told reporters in Sydney “This is a terrible tragedy, a time of great innocence and joy interrupted by the horror of that eruption”.
The injured individuals are also from the US, Chinese, Malaysian and New Zealand citizen.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated at a press convention on Tuesday that she shared the “unfathomable grief” of those that had lost the loved ones.
Vacationers have been seen strolling contained in the crater of White Island volcano moments earlier than it erupted.
Ms Ardern stated additional rescue efforts for the missing had been now “very sadly a restoration operation”.
The survivors of the eruption have been taken off the uninhabited island by boat or by helicopter.
Ms Ardern acknowledged the apparently excessive variety of Australian victims.
“Can I say to our Australian household, there are not any two international locations nearer and we’re devastated at what has occurred right here and significantly wish to acknowledge
these from Australia who’ve been caught up on this horrific, horrific incident,” she stated.
White Island, additionally known as Whakaari, is the nation’s most lively volcano.
Regardless of that, the privately-owned island is a vacationer vacation spot with frequent day excursions and scenic flights obtainable.