Toll Rises to 20 From New Zealand Volcano Eruption as Two Declared Dead

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – The death toll rose to 20 on Thursday from a volcanic eruption on New Zealands White Island last month, as two people still missing were officially confirmed dead.

The two individuals were Hayden Marshall-Inman of New Zealand and Winona Langford of Australia, police said.

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Locals sing during sunrise as they wait for the return of the victims after the White Island eruption to be returned to Whakatane, New Zealand, on Dec. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

“The chief coroner has ruled that both Winona and Hayden died on White Island,” John Tims, a deputy police commissioner, said in a statement.

From the official tally of 20 deaths, 18 people have died in New Zealand and two in hospitals in Australia.

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