The official death toll from New Zealand's volcanic eruption on Whakaari/White Island rose to 16 after another person died of their injuries in hospital, police have confirmed.
The latest: The search has resumed for two others still missing since Monday's eruption. Six bodies were recovered from the island Friday.
The victims: Police said Saturday another person died of their injuries in a New Zealand hospital. On Sunday afternoon local time, they confirmed a wounded Australian who was flown back home for treatment had died.
- The first person confirmed to have died in the eruption was Hayden Marshall-Inman, a tour guide from the nearby mainland town of Whakatāne, was . Authorities later confirmed Australians Gavin Dallow, 53, Julie Richards, 47, and her 20-year-old daughter Jessica died on the island. A Malaysian national yet to be named was also confirmed to have died, Malaysia's High Commission in Wellington said.
- American brothers Berend Hollander, 16, and Matthew Hollander, 13, who moved to Australia with their parents died of their injuries in hospital over Wednesday night. Australian Jason Griffiths, 33, also died in hospital after being admitted Monday.
- Police formally confirmed over the weekend the names of more people who died following the eruption: Tipene Maangi, a 24-year-old New Zealand man, and Australians Krystal Browitt, 21, Zoe Hosking, 15, Gavin Dallow, 53, Anthony Langford, 51, and Karla Mathews, 32,
The wounded: Before the announcements of the deaths of the two people who were being treated in hospital, authorities said Saturday that 15 people were being treated in NZ hospitals for eruption-related injuries, with 11 of in critical condition.
The big picture: Deputy Commissioner John Tims said there were 47 people on the island when it erupted — including a group of tourists from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. Of those on the island: 24 people were from Australia, nine from the U.S., five from New Zealand, four from Germany, two from the U.K. and China, respectively, and one from Malaysia.
- A top health official said authorities had ordered nearly 1,300 square feet of human skin from the U.S. to help treat patients severely burned in the eruption.
"The nature of the burns suffered is complicated by the gases and chemicals in the eruption. This has necessitated more rapid treatment of these burns than is the case for thermal-only burns."— Dr. Peter Watson, of Middlemore Hospital, Auckland
Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details, including comment from Ardern and the police.