White Island eruption victim dies in NZ, taking death toll to 21




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Wellington – Another person died in an Auckland as a result of injuries suffered over seven weeks ago when a volcano erupted New Zealand’s Whakaari White Island, said Wednesday.

“The announcement brings the official toll in the disaster 21.

“Nineteen people died in New Zealand and two in ,’’ Deputy Commissioner John Tims said in a statement.

There were 47 people sightseeing the privately owned island when the volcano erupted Dec. 9, 2019.

Tims said of these, 21 died and almost 20 are still receiving in burn units in New Zealand and .

Radio New Zealand reported the equivalent of 14 full human bodies’ worth of skin has been used try save the lives of the injured.

White Island, New Zealand’s most active volcano lies 48 kilometres off the eastern coast of New Zealand’s North Island.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said after the tragedy New Zealand’s health and safety regulator Worksafe had launched an investigation.

said an investigation behalf of the coroner also ongoing.

(dpa/NAN)