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New Zealand’s White Island volcanic intensity restricts recovery efforts


Staff Writer

Efforts to retrieve the dead  bodies of the people who perished after the White Island Volcanic activity are still in vain as the intensity is still active.

Reports coming through shows that six people have been confirmed dead so far and other 29 are still in the intensive care with severe burns and one has been airlifted to Australia.

The volcano has been named Whakaari, erupted at a time when dozens of tourists were on the island last Monday.

“I’ve spoken to many of those involved in the operation and they are very, very eager to get back there, they want to bring people’s loved ones home,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told Members of the Press.

The government is working to assist with the identification processes and post mortem examinations of the victims are under way.

Among the deceased are Julie and Jessica Richards mother and daughter respectively aged 47 and 20.

White Island is a popular tourist destination with frequent day tours and scenic flights available. At least 47 visitors from around the world were on the volcano crater at the time of two explosions in quick succession.

Police said that of the 30 injured, 25 are in a critical condition while the other five are classed as stable but serious.


Tendai Guvamombe