(WELLINGTON, New Zealand) — An Australian man who was injured in a volcanic eruption in New Zealand greater than a month in the past has died, changing into the 20th sufferer of the catastrophe, officers mentioned Monday. A police assertion confirmed Paul Browitt died on Sunday night time because of accidents from the eruption. A hospital assertion mentioned he had been critically sick.

Paul Browitt and his two daughters had been caught within the Dec. 9 eruption on White Island. The physique of Krystal Browitt, 21, was amongst six recovered from the island within the days after the eruption.

Paul Browitt and his daughter Stephanie Browitt, 23, survived the eruption and had been transferred to Alfred Hospital of their hometown of Melbourne three days after the catastrophe.

Maria Browitt, the spouse and mom of the victims, had remained on a cruise ship whereas her household took a day journey to the island.

Of 23 victims who stay in hospitals in New Zealand and Australia, at the very least 5 are listed as in crucial situation, well being authorities mentioned. Authorities received’t touch upon the circumstances of two victims in Sydney on the request of kin.

Alfred Hospital mentioned it was persevering with to provide specialised burn care to 2 volcano victims transferred there — Stephanie Browitt and Lisa Dallow, 48, of Adelaide. The hospital mentioned one of many sufferers was in crucial situation and the opposite was in steady situation. The hospital wouldn’t say which of the ladies was crucial.

Dallow’s husband Gavin Dallow, 53, and daughter Zoe Hosking, 25, had been killed on the island.

White Island, additionally identified by its Maori title, Whakaari, is the tip of an undersea volcano about 50 kilometers (30 miles) off New Zealand’s North Island and was a preferred vacationer vacation spot earlier than the eruption. A lot of these killed and injured had been from the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Ovation of the Seas.

Many individuals have questioned why vacationers had been nonetheless allowed on the island after New Zealand’s GeoNet seismic monitoring company raised the volcano’s alert stage on Nov. 18 from 1 to 2 on a scale the place 5 represents a serious eruption, noting a rise in sulfur dioxide gasoline, which originates from magma. New Zealand authorities are investigating the circumstances across the catastrophe.

The volcano stays at an alert stage of two, indicating average to heightened unrest.


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