New Zealand Earthquake: Over 100 Dead (Partial Victims List)
Christchurch Earthquake Update: Rescuers Expect Final Death Toll Over 300
103 people, including two babies, are confirmed to have been killed so far in a devastating earthquake that struck Christchurch, New Zealand on February 22. So far, 70 people have been found alive, but the news is expected to grow more grim as time passes: We are told to brace for death tolls in excess of 300.
So far, the confirmed Christchurch earthquake victims list is very small, as family members must be notified before the names of the deceased are made public (Victim identification process). Jaime Robert McDowell Gilbert and Joseph Tehau Pohio are confirmed to have been killed, as well as five-month-old Baxter Gowland and nine-month-old Jayden Harris.
Civil Defence Minister John Carter said that, in all, 70 people had been rescued alive from collapsed buildings since the earthquake struck, but the last was on Wednesday afternoon.
Superintendent Dave Cliff said that rescuers were still looking for survivors, but have recently only been uncovering bodies.
This hasn't been a day where we have had the breakthrough stories that we wanted to bring to the community but we continue to look with positivity," he said. "We are looking for the living."
Ms Johnson says families of missing people can help by letting the Red Cross know who is missing and describe any tattoos, jewellery or what they might have been wearing.