Christchurch re­build could take 15 years

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

AS the death toll from Christc h u r c h ’ s d e a d l y q u a k e reaches 160, New Zealan­ders have been warned they may not be strolling the city’s CBD un­til Christ­mas.

And it could be 15 years be­fore the coun­try’s sec­ond big­gest city is fully re­built fol­low­ing the dev­as­tat­ing 6.3-mag­ni­tude quake, Prime Min­is­ter John Key said.

Eight days af­ter the ter­ri­fy­ing tragedy, fam­i­lies and friends of the dead have been al­lowed through the cor­don for the first time to see where their loved ones lost their lives.

Mo r e t h a n 2 5 0 p e o p l e signed up f or what city Mayor Bob Parker called an ‘‘ emo­tional tour’’.

A tra­di­tional Maori bless­ing, called a karakia, was per­formed at the burnt-out CTV build­ing and the flat­tened Pyne Gould Cor­po­ra­tion build­ing, the two sites with the high­est death toll.

P o l i c e S u p e r i n t e n d e n t Dave Cliff said five more bod­ies had been pulled from the rub­ble by re­cov­ery teams yes­ter­day.

This took the toll to 160, with fi­nal num­bers ex­pected to set­tle around 240 dead.

Supt Cliff warned that the bod­ies of some vic­tims may never be re­cov­ered.

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