New Zealand launches rescue operation after a volcanic eruption

There is still a risk to be on the island after the volcanic eruption, reports the police commissioner. A rescue team has begun a dangerous auction in the att

New Zealand launches rescue operation after a volcanic eruption

There is still a risk to be on the island after the volcanic eruption, reports the police commissioner.

A rescue team has begun a dangerous auction in the attempt to bring all of the toll from a volcanic eruption in New Zealand earlier in the week away from the island of White Island.

- the Victims will be brought back to the mainland, and redningsauktionen to recover the eight corpses from the island has begun, says superintendent John Tims, according to the new zealand The Herald.

the Families of the victims have been brought close to the island in the boat to take against their loved ones. Previously, there was held a ceremony on the quay, where the families hugged and cried.

Four days after the volcanic eruption nine people are still reported missing. Eight people are confirmed dead, more severe burns. The youngest victim was a 13-year-old schoolboy from Australia.

There were 47 tourists on or near the volcano when it erupted. 24 of them were from Australia, nine were from the UNITED states, five from New Zealand, four from Germany, two from China, two from Britain and one from Malaysia.

the Risk that the volcano will erupt again, has meant that rescue workers have not yet been able to remove the dead from the volcanic island.

Redningsholdet, which consist both of the police and the military, carry special equipment, as the fumes on the island can be hazardous to breathe.

- The (redningsholdet, red.) will do everything they can to bring the bodies to the mainland. I must stress that it is not risk free. There is still a risk, says John Tims.

New Zealand's geological institute estimates that there still is a risk of between 50 and 60 percent of that volcano erupts again.

There has been criticism that the authorities did not previously have made attempts to reach the island.

Brother to a tourist guide, who was among the first who were presumed to have died on the island, told new zealand television that the process has been "lack of leadership". It writes the AFP.

/ritzau/AFP

Updated Date: 12 December 2019, 22:00

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