Burn centers across New Zealand are full to capacity as more than two dozen victims are being treated for horrific wounds suffered in a volcanic eruption on White Island, leaving many with burns on over 70 percent of their bodies. Twenty-two are in critical condition. News. Twenty-one people were killed, including two who are missing and declared dead, and a further twenty-six people suffered injuries, many of whom suffered severe burns. Whakaari: Dive squad and aerial search for two missing This story first appeared on RNZ.co.nz and is republished with permission. New Zealand Scrambles To Treat Burn Victims From Volcanic Eruption Officials have ordered cadaver skin for injured tourists following Monday's deadly eruption on White Island. Photograph: Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust/Handout/EPA The nature of burns following New Zealand's White Island volcano eruption are so rare they are presenting challenges for expert teams treating the victims, the head of a Sydney burns unit says. A month after White Island volcano erupted, 13 victims remain in New Zealand hospitals with life-threatening injuries. The volcanic island Whakaari / White Island in New Zealand's northeastern Bay of Plenty region explosively erupted on 9 December 2019 at 14:11 NZDT (01:11 UTC). Police have deployed the dive squad into the waters around Whakaari-White Island as they seek to recover the bodies of the final two victims of Monday's eruption. The volcanic explosion on White Island left 27 visitors with severe burns, some covering up to 95 percent of their bodies. There were 47 people on the island at the time. About 20 people still remain in intensive care with severe burns, including 19-year-old Jesse Langford, the only member of his family who is thought to have survived.
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