New Zealand volcano death toll rises to 20

09:26 | 13/01/2020
The death toll from the White Island volcano eruption in New Zealand has risen to 20, following another death more than a month after the tragedy, police said Monday (Jan 13).
new zealand volcano death toll rises to 20
There were 47 people, mainly tourists, on New Zealand's White Island when the volcano erupted. (Photo: AFP/Handout)

The toll includes two people whose bodies have not been recovered.

"Police can confirm a further person died in an Australian hospital last night as a result of injuries suffered in the White Island eruption," deputy commissioner John Tims said.

The person, whose identity was not released, is the second to die in hospital in Australia.

There were 47 people, mainly Australian tourists, on the island when the volcano erupted on Dec 9 and many were coated in burning ash and steam.

Doctors have said a quarter of a million square centimetres of skin has been used so far to try to save the lives of the injured.

AFP

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