At least one Malaysian feared dead in New Zealand's volcano eruption

White Island

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 10): At least one Malaysian is among eight people feared dead after a volcano erupted off the coast of New Zealands' White Island on Monday.

A Facebook posting by the Malaysian High Commission in Wellington today stated that the commission was informed the matter by the New Zealand authorities.

When contacted by Bernama today, a spokesperson at the High Commission said they were in the process of gathering information on the victim. 

"The commission is having a meeting right now regarding the matter and for the time being we cannot disclose any particulars," she said

A volcanic eruption occurred on White Island, also known as Whakaari, 48km from the North Island of New Zealand, shooting a huge plume of ash and steam into the air when a group of tourists were visiting the island. So far eight people are unaccounted for and the search and rescue efforts are continuing.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson at Wisma Putra said it is liaising working with the High Commission in Wellington and the local authorities there to obtain details on the victim. 

"We are working on the details, like which hospital is the victim sent to ... I don't have the information as of now, and once we have all the information, we will release the details," he told Bernama.

The High Commission also advised Malaysians travelling near the region to exercise caution and follow the advice issued by local authorities. 

"Those who require consular assistance may contact the High Commission via telephone +64-43852439 / +64-210440188 (after hours) or email [email protected]," it said in the Facebook posting. 

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