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New Zealand police plan to recover bodies from volcanic island on Friday

“I am now able to confirm that we’re finalizing a strategy to recoup the bodies from Whakaari/ White Island tomorrow,” authorities Deputy Commissioner John Tims said in a statement on Thursday.

It came as attempts to recover the victims of this tragedy were hampered by increased seismic actions and warnings of further eruptions.

The volcano also referred to as Whakaari, erupted on Monday (9 December) while heaps of tourists were around the island.

Nine individuals, two from New Zealand and seven out of Australia, are officially listed as lost from police.

Approximately two dozen individuals were in a crucial condition in the hospital.

The volcano White Island has been”highly volatile” and may erupt again in days, said police.

There are not any indications of life over the uninhabited island.

“We’re living with an increasing sense of despair to bring home people who we all know are there and people we love,” Whakatane Mayor Judy Turner told reporters.

“The frustration of these families affected is completely clear. No news isn’t great news for individuals in this circumstance.”

Nico Fournier, a volcanologist in New Zealand’s geological science bureau GNS Science, stated tracking gear nevertheless busy on the island place the danger of a further eruption during the subsequent 24 hours 50% to 60 percent.

In case of another eruption, anyone on the island may be”pummelled to death” by flying stones or defeat by gases and ashes in temperatures exceeding tens of thousands of degrees Celsius, Fournier stated.