Pratap Singh, an Indian-American businessman, became the latest victim of a massive volcanic eruption in New Zealand. He could not resist burn injuries. After one month, his wife passed away in the same tragedy, leaving their three children orphaned.
Pratap Singh went to visit the famous White Island in New Zealand with his wife when the volcano erupted on December 9. Mr Singh 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, New Zealand Herald reported.
A Royal Caribbean cruise ship was carrying 47 people to the tourist destination when the volcano erupted. Thirteen people were killed and more than 24 people were hospitalized due to severe burns. As per reports, 21 people have died so far.
Mr Singh was the Atlanta branch president of Sewa International, a not-for-profit organisation. The family said in a statement, “With an incredibly heavy heart, I disclose that my Uncle Pratap Singh (nicknamed “Paul”) is the latest victim who did not survive from the Whakaari White Island incident. He had suffered 55 per cent burns in the volcano eruption that occurred on December 9, 2019.
“We all should be proud of the way he fought. He was on the Island with his wife Mayuari Singh (nicknamed “Mary”), who was also admitted into the Middlemore ICU with 72 per cent body burns. She battled for 13 days before passing away on December 22, 2019,” the statement said.
The incident has created pressure over the New Zealand authority that why tourists were allowed on the island after its alert level was raised by authorities three weeks before the eruption. The case is being investigated.