Toll rises to 21 from New Zealand volcano eruption

FILE PHOTO: Rescue crew dressed in protective gear are seen as they work to retrieve bodies on the volcanic White Island that fatally erupted earlier this week in New Zealand, December 13, 2019 in this picture obtained from social media. Mandatory credit NEW ZEALAND DEFENCE FORCE via REUTERS reuters_tickers
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SYDNEY (Reuters) - The death toll from last month's volcanic eruption on New Zealand's White Island rose to 21 after another person died in hospital from injuries, police confirmed on Thursday.

The name of the deceased will be released after family members have been informed, New Zealand police said in a statement.

Other survivors of the eruption are still being treated for severe burns in hospitals in Australia and New Zealand.

Out of the official tally of 21 deaths, 18 people have died in New Zealand and two in hospitals in Australia.

Official inquiries into the Dec. 9 eruption and New Zealand's response will take up to a year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said.

(Reporting by Swati Pandey; Editing by Tom Hogue)

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