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New Zealand volcano: Minute's silence to mark one week after eruption

December 16, 2019 1:00 pm
Search teams are still looking for two missing bodies, believed to be in the water off the island

A minute’s silence will be observed in New Zealand today to mark one week since the deadly eruption of White Island volcano.

The tribute will be held at 14:11 local time (01:11 GMT), the exact moment of the eruption.

Sixteen deaths have been confirmed while two bodies are still missing, believed to be in the water off the island.

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About 20 people remain in intensive care with severe burns.

On Sunday, teams returned to White Island, also known by its Maori name of Whakaari, and divers searched the water but, again, were unable to locate the missing bodies.

Depending on the weather, water searches could be resumed on Monday. “This is a difficult and ongoing task,” Deputy Commissioner John Tims said in a statement, adding that police remained committed to retrieving the bodies.

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