New Zealand sudden volcano eruption, 24 tourists presumed dead
New Delhi : New Zealand Police has said that no more survivors were expected to be rescued from the sudden volcanic eruption incident on Monday, suggesting the death of around 24 tourists.
The cops said that around 50 tourists were visiting the place when White Island exploded in the early afternoon -- hurling ash and rock high into the air.
Around 23 people made their way off the island, five of them have died later, the rest are being treated for the injuries.
On early Tuesday, the police said that after several aerial reconnaissance flights no signs of life has been found on the island. "Based on the information we have, we do not believe there are any survivors on the island. Police is working urgently to confirm the exact number of those who have died."
Deputy commissioner John Tims said that the rescue operation via land was too risky at the point when volcanic activity was underway.
"I've got to consider the safety of our people and emergency services staff," he said.
The eruption occurred just after 2pm (0100 GMT), thrusting a thick plume of white ash 3.6 kilometres (12,000 feet) into the sky.