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NZ quake toll rises to 159

NZ quake toll rises to 159

New Zealand police say the confirmed death toll from an earthquake that struck Christchurch city last week has risen to 159.
Superintendent Dave Cliff said on Wednesday that four more bodies had been pulled from the rubble from the Feb. 22 disaster, taking the total tally to 159.
Many more people are still missing and Cliff has said the final death toll is likely to be around 240.
Cliff said the remains of some victims may never be able to be retrieved because they were too badly damaged by the force of collapsing buildings.


Updated : 2021-10-25 18:50 GMT+08:00