White Island death toll rises to 21

White Island in December last year. Photo: Daniel Hines/SunLive.

White Island's official death toll is now at 21, following the fatal eruption of Whakaari/White Island at 2.11pm on Monday, December 9.

Police can confirm a further person died at Middlemore Hospital last night as a result of injuries suffered in the Whakaari/White Island eruption.

The death brings the official number of deceased to 21, 19 of whom died in New Zealand and two in Australia, says Deputy Commissioner John Tims.

"Their name will be released after wider family have been informed."

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