Search for the Last Two Victims of Volcano Eruption in New Zealand Stopped
In New Zealand, the police are no longer looking for the bodies of the last two victims of the volcano eruption. In total, 19 people were killed in the disaster on the tourist island of White Island.
The bodies of a 17-year-old woman and a 40-year-old man who were on the island when the volcano erupted were not found.
After intensive searches on the coast and from the air, the police are now giving up.
There were 47 people on White Island when a volcano erupted on December 9. About half of them came from Australia, the others came from New Zealand itself or were tourists from the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom, among others.
19 people died in the disaster; more than 20 others suffered severe burns. Why there were excursions on the island when it was known that the volcano could erupt, is not yet clear.
The investigation is ongoing, and that may take another year according to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.