Death toll from New Zealand volcano rises

Death toll from New Zealand volcano rises

The death toll from a volcanic eruption in New Zealand has risen to 20.

Police said the latest victim, Paul Browitt, died in a Melbourne hospital on Sunday after the blast on White Island on December 9.

Mr Browitt was on the island with his two daughters: 23-year-old Stephanie, who remains at the Alfred Hospital, and 21-year-old Krystal whose body was recovered in the days following the eruption.

Mr Browitt's wife Maria had remained on a ship while her family took a day trip to the island.

At least five of the 23 victims being treated in hospitals in Australia and New Zealand are in a critical condition, authorities said.

White Island, also known by its Maori name, Whakaari, is the tip of an undersea volcano about 30 miles off New Zealand's North Island and was a popular tourist destination.

Many of those killed and injured were from the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Ovation of the Seas.

New Zealand authorities are investigating the circumstances around the disaster.

Published: by Radio NewsHub
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