WELLINGTON: An Indian-American couple becomes the latest victim of a massive volcanic eruption in New Zealand leaving behind 3 children who are now orphans.
The Indian-American businessman Pratap Singh was visiting the popular White Island in New Zealand with his wife Mayuri when the volcano erupted on December 9.
While Mayuri died in the same tragedy last month on December 22, Pratap suffered burns to more than half of his body and had remained in the hospital in New Zealand’s Auckland, where he died this week.
The couple left behind an 11-year-old son and six-year-old twin girls.
There were a total of 47 people from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship were visiting the tourist destination when the volcano erupted. The eruption killed 13 initially and left more than two dozen hospitalized with severe burns.
Twenty-one people have now died as a result of the deadly blast.
According to Atlanta-based WSBTV report, the Stone Mountain couple’s three children and Mayuari’s mother stayed on the ship and were not injured in the eruption.
Pratap, Singh also known as Paul, was the Atlanta branch president of Sewa International.
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Sewa International is a nonprofit organization “inspired by the noble tradition of service before self” which also promoted philanthropy.
New Zealand authorities are investigating the circumstances around the disaster.