31 people are hospitalized - five dead after volcanic eruption

By reconnaissance flights over the new zealand volcanic island of White Island is not seen survivors after Monday's eruptions, say the police. New Zealand po

31 people are hospitalized - five dead after volcanic eruption

By reconnaissance flights over the new zealand volcanic island of White Island is not seen survivors after Monday's eruptions, say the police.

New Zealand police said at a news conference that the 31 persons are admitted to hospitals, while five died and eight are missing after the eruption of the volcano on White Island.

It is believed that there were 44 people on the uninhabited island since the outbreak happened. A part of them, who were rescued, have severe burns.

Police believe that all who survived, were evacuated.

emergency personnel have been unable to conduct a thorough search on the island because of the danger of new outbreaks. In addition, the night is fallen on.

Tourists were seen walking inside the crater of the volcano on White Island, immediately before the outbreak happened.

The successful emergency personnel to evacuate 23 people from the island, after the volcano erupted.

Both the police helicopter, rescue helicopters and other helicopters have carried out flights over the island since the eruption.

- Based on the information that we have, so we do not believe that there are any survivors on the island, says in a press release from the police.

It writes the New Zealand Herald.

the Volcano erupted Monday afternoon at 14.11 local time, when a great cloud of ash rose above the White Island.

Authorities are still working to identify the victims.

- A big part of them that was trapped on the island, australians, informs the australian government sources, according to the AFP news agency.

There are no reports of danes in the area, notify the foreign ministry's Citizen service.

About 30 of the people involved is believed to have been passengers on the cruise ship Ovation of the Sea, which was on a day trip in the area.

White Island is located about 50 kilometers off the coast of New Zealand's pacific and is a popular tourist destination.

New Zealand's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, came on Monday to the nearby town of Whakatane.

- I know that many of those who have relatives on or around the island, will be worried. I can assure you that the police are doing all they can, she says.

/ritzau/Reuters

Updated Date: 10 December 2019, 02:00

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