NZ volcano eruption death toll rises to 17 after another person dies

WELLINGTON, New Zealand police said on Monday that one of those injured during the eruption of a volcano visited by tourists earlier this month died in an Auckland hospital, bringing the official death toll to 17 while two remain missing.

“Police can confirm a further person has died in Middlemore Hospital last night, police were advised of the death shortly before 11 pm,” Reuters quoted Police Deputy Commissioner John Tims as saying in a statement.

White Island, also known as Whakaari, erupted 9th December while 47 people were visiting the volcano. The active volcano off the east coast of the country’s North Island had become a popular tourist destination in recent years, receiving more than 10,000 visitors annually.

Source: Emirates News Agency