Thursday, February 24, 2011

Hope of finding more New Zealand quake survivors dims

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Hopes of finding more survivors of the devastating earthquake here waned yesterday as officials expressed grave concerns for more than 200 people still missing in the disaster, including many foreigners.

At least 113 people, including two infants, were killed in the 6.3-magnitude quake that struck New Zealand's second-largest city on Tuesday, toppling office buildings and raining debris on buses and cars. The police warned yesterday that scores of bodies may still be buried in the rubble.

At least 226 people were still unaccounted for, according to Superintendent Dave Cliff, the commander of the Canterbury District Police. He said officials have serious and grave concerns for the missing and urged people awaiting news of their loved ones to give the police any information that might help identify their remains.


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