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, around 25 Australians were listed by family members as missing — the youngest a seven-year-old boy. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, 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, but that 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, 51, and Kristine Langford and their teenage children Winona, 17, and Jesse, 19, Adelaide lawyer Gavin Dallow, 53, his partner Lisa Hosking, 48, and her daughter Zoe… Read full this story
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