At least 13 people were feared dead in Monday’s deadly volcanic eruption at New Zealand's White Island. 

According to reports, a total of 47 people were on the island when the eruption took place. While five of them were confirmed dead, eight people, who were missing, are presumed to be dead. An Australian teenager and his family were among those missing.  Meanwhile, 31 people were receiving treatment at the hospital.

When asked about the eight people who were presumed dead, John Tims, police deputy commissioner, said that drone photographs have shown the probable locations of six bodies.

“We have some photos and they are marked, you can see some markings on the photos that indicate perhaps where the bodies are, so we’ve got an idea. Certainly, the bodies are covered in ash. We’re unsure what the state of the bodies will be in,” he said.

Meanwhile, police also confirmed that they were not looking at opening a criminal investigation into the death as of now.

"It is too early to confirm whether there will also be a criminal investigation,” police said in a statement. 

A photo courtesy of Michael Schade shows the volcano on New Zealand's White Island spewing steam and ash moments after it erupted A photo courtesy of Michael Schade shows the volcano on New Zealand's White Island spewing steam and ash moments after it erupted Photo: Michael Schade / Handout