New Zealand police said they are finalizing a plan to recover the bodies still on White Island on Friday after Monday's volcanic eruption.
Volcanologists providing updates to the police said the likelihood of another eruption has increased every day since the initial eruption, with the chances of rising 50 to 60 percent on Thursday from 40 to 60 percent the day before.
Eight of the 47 people affected were confirmed dead, with eight others presumed dead on White Island, also known by its Maori name, Whakaari.
At least five people died after a volcano erupted in New Zealand.
The families of the eight missing people expressed their anger that the police had not recovered their relatives.
Until Thursday afternoon, police said the risk was too high, with Police Minister Stuart Nash saying earlier in the day that the "number one priority" is to get the victims off the island, "but that must be done. in a way that keeps everyone safe ".
GNS Science volcanologist Graham Leonard said the government research institute is updating all agencies on increasing risk, but ultimately it is the police's decision whether they consider it safe enough to go to. island.
"The volcano remains highly volatile and uncertain," he said.
"There are tremors going on. Today is less safe than yesterday and the day before."
Twenty-one patients remain in burn units in New Zealand, while seven out of 24 Australians have been taken back to Australia, and another six will be repatriated within the next 24 hours to burn units, freeing up resources in New Zealand.
Australia has sent 10,000 cm2 of skin to New Zealand to help burn patients with up to 95% of their bodies.
White Island is located in Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. Photo: © DigitalGlobe / Maxar
An order of 100,000 cm2 of skin – worth $ 1.5 million – is on its way to the US and another order is expected, said Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, director general of health.
He added that they initially anticipated that 1.2 million square meters would be needed from the US, but as Australia repatriated a significant number of casualties, New Zealand would not need so much.
Tour guide Hayden Marshall-Inman's brother, the first person among the dead, wrote to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to ask if he could organize his own recovery operation without being arrested.
Hayden Marshall was confirmed dead by his brother on social media. Pic: Facebook
Mark Inman wrote: "With the current conditions of the sun burning and breaking down his body, he is moving from a situation where we could have an open casket for now more than likely without a body – due to government bureaucracy and the slow decision to make .
"I am writing to apologize for my personal recovery actions."
Ardern cabinet officials said they had passed their request to police minister Nash, who said no one would be allowed to go to the island.
A helicopter was burned in the eruption
He also acknowledged that communication between police headquarters and the victims' families was not good enough after some said they only heard updates from the media.
The minister said he had a "frank and frank conversation that needed to be held" and promised to increase the level of communication with families.