/ 24 February 2011

New Zealand quake toll climbs past 100

The death toll from the Christchurch earthquake climbed past 100, while hundreds more remained missing, officials said on Friday.

“At the moment we have 102 confirmed fatalities … the missing persons number that we have is 228,” New Zealand’s Civil Defence Minister John Carter told reporters.

Police later put the figure at 103, saying it would rise as more bodies were pulled from the debris of buildings destroyed in Tuesday’s 6,3-magnitude earthquake.

“There have been no rescues overnight, the body count continues to rise, it now sits at 103,” Superintendent Russell Gibson tld TVNZ. — AFP