White Island volcano eruption claims another victim as Australian dies in hospital

Just over a month since the White Island volcano eruption on New Zealand's North Island shattered the lives of dozens of tourists and their families, the tragedy has claimed yet another victim.

NZ Police confirmed on Monday morning that the official death toll had risen to 18 after "a further person died in an Australian hospital" on Sunday night as a result of injuries suffered in the December 9 eruption.



The man had been a patient at The Alfred, the Melbourne hospital confirmed on Monday.

Two more people remain in the same hospital, one in a critical condition and the other stable, following the eruption on Whakaari, or White Island, on December 9.

Of the 18 confirmed dead, 16 died in New Zealand while two have now died in Australian hospitals.

Two others, Sydney teenager Winona Langford and local tour guide Hayden Marshall-Inman, remain missing after their bodies were not recovered from the island, but both are presumed dead.

Along with the latest casualty, the identity of whom has not been released, 16 Australian residents or citizens were among those confirmed or presumed dead following the disaster.

They include Ms Langford's parents Kristine and Anthony; Coffs Harbour man Richard 'Rick' Elzer, his partner Karla Mathews and friend Jason Griffiths, Sydney parents Barbara and Martin Hollander and their sons Matthew and Berend; Brisbane mother Julie Richards and her daughter Jessica; Adelaide man Gavin Dallow and his stepdaughter Zoe Hosking; and Melbourne woman Krystal Browitt.

The family of an Australian man who died in Concord Hospital on December 15 requested his identity not be released.

The office of Foreign Minister Marise Payne has been approached for comment.

with AAP

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