Christchurch rebuild could take 15 years
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.