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New Zealand earthquake death toll rises to 148

03-01-2011 09:04 BJT

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The youngest victim of Last weeks deadly quake in New Zealand has been buried.. as the country struggles to come to terms with the natural disaster. Authorities in Christchurch are now saying as many as 148 people have perished. However, as relatives count the cost, of losing loved ones, the government is facing a mounting expense in repairs.

Tears for lost loved ones.

Dozens of family and friends met at a local chapel in Christchurch to pay their last respects to the quakes smallest victim, a 5 month old baby boy.

Authorities have named just eight victims from last week's disaster, the boy and another infant among them.

The youngest victim of Last weeks deadly quake in New Zealand has been buried.. as
the country struggles to come to terms with the natural disaster. Authorities in Christchurch are now saying as many as 148 people have perished.

Officials say the death toll could yet increase after rescue teams turned from finding the living to searching for the dead.

David Cliff, Superintendent, Christchurch Police, said, "We still expect that number to increase as other deceased people are found in the ruins. Our priority remains at present to reunite those who've died with their loved ones and the process involving the Disaster Victim Identification team is progressing as quickly and as proficiently as possible."

 


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