American woman dies from burns weeks after volcano eruption in New Zealand

Published: Dec. 23, 2019 at 4:48 AM EST
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Another American has died following the eruption of a volcano in New Zealand earlier this month, according to hospital officials.

The victim is the 19th overall from the blast, which took place on White Island, off the northeast coast of New Zealand, on Dec. 9. That total includes two people who are missing and presumed dead. The woman, Mayuri Singh, died Sunday night at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland from burns suffered in the eruption. Singh was from the Atlanta area.

Many of the victims sustained severe burns covering over 90% of their bodies, according to Dr. Peter Watson, chief medical officer of the Counties Manukau District Health Board.

Eleven people died after being rescued from the island, including Singh, while another six bodies were recovered from the island days after the eruption.