The New Zealand Red Cross Family Links website went down on Tuesday morning as desperate family members waited for updates on loved ones following the devastating explosion in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty. Overnight, about 25 Australians were listed by family members as missing — a list which has ebbed and flowed throughout Tuesday. Speaking to reporters today, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said 24 Australians were visiting the island on a cruise ship tour and that 13 of those were in hospitals, with 11 still unaccounted for. New Zealand authorities have so far confirmed five people have died and will be taken to Auckland for autopsies to be carried out, but they do not expect to find any other survivors. “We fear of the five deceased persons, that three of those, up to three are Australians, but that is not yet confirmed,” Mr Morrison told reporters. More than 10 Australians who had been reported missing by family members have since been accounted for, although some of those have not been updated on the Red Cross website. Among those still listed as missing are North Sydney couple Anthony Langford, 51, and Kristine Langford and their teenage children Winona, 17, and Jesse,… Read full this story
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