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Chinese rescue team starts work in Christchurch

02-26-2011 16:20 BJT Special Report:6.3-magnitude quake hits New Zealand |

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China's 10-strong rescue team has started its rescue operation in New Zealand. Although hopes are fading for finding survivors, the team is still doing all it can to search for the victims.

Only 20 minutes after arriving in Christchurch, the Chinese rescuers were already at work at the Canterbury Television building.

Wang Zhiqiu, Deputy Leader of Chinese Int'' Search & Rescue Team, said, "CTV was one of the hardest hit places. And after a brief meeting with all international rescue teams, we asked to start our rescue operations here."

According to team leader Zhao Ming, the team has received a special UN certificate for disaster assessment, and has a seismology expert, two mechanics experts, and seven rescuers. All have experienced in major disaster rescues, notably the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

They started by searching for signs of life through sound spotting, and carbon dioxide detecting. They also talked with rescue workers from Australia and Japan in order to work out better solutions. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key also met with the team.

Soon after their arrival, the team pulled out a body, believed to be that of a Chinese national.

The number of people missing from the language school in the CTV building has been revised up to 61.

The directors of the King's Education's English and healthcare schools said they now believe that nine staff and 52 students are missing.

The group includes 26 students from Japan, 14 from China, seven from the Philippines, three from Thailand, one from South Korea, and one from Czechoslovakia. The directors said another 21 students are still unaccounted for.



Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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