New Zealand volcano: Brits among those ‘missing or injured’

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British citizens are among those missing or injured following an eruption on a volcanic island, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said.

Five people have died, eight people are missing and 31 remain in hospital following the eruption on White Island, 30 miles off the east coast of the country’s North Island.

It is thought there were about 50 people on the island when the volcano erupted on at 2.11pm local time on Monday spewing an enormous plume of ash into the air.

On Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: “We can confirm that amongst those currently listed as missing or injured are New Zealanders…[and] tourists from Australia, the US, the UK, China and Malaysia.”

Ms Ardern added there are still a number of people in critical condition with burns the most prominent injury.

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