August 23, 2019

Grieving families visit Christchurch earthquake sites

The shattered spire of Christchurch Cathedral

Grieving family members who have lost loved ones in the Christchurch earthquake toured the city’s devastated Central Business District today.

Around 150 New Zealanders and 250 foreign visitors viewed the quake damaged sites, including the devastated Canterbury TV Building and the destroyed Pyne Gould Corporation building.

NZ Police Superintendent Dave Cliff said the tour was an “opportunity for families to see the mammoth task that the search and rescue teams have had over past week”.

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker who participated, described the tour as “emotional”.

It was announced that families of victims will be given a $10,000 cash grant from the New Zealand Red Cross.

The Red Cross has also announced emergency hardship grants of $1000 for families and $500 for single people.

The tour by relatives came as the Police confirmed the confirmed death toll from last Tuesday’s 6.3 magnitude earthquake had risen to 160. Dozens are still missing.

Newswarped likes the fact that the media on the ground in Christchurch has stayed away from the relatives site visit tour and left them in peace.