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article imageDeath toll climbs to 113 in Christchurch

By Sharon Davis     Feb 24, 2011 in World
Christchurch - The number of people killed in the 6.3 earthquake that hit close to Christchurch on Tuesday, 22 February rose from 103 to 113 this morning.
According to the streamed updates on the NZ Herald's website Superintendent Dave Cliff has announced the death toll has risen to 113.
As of this morning the sad statistics are:
113 confirmed dead
228 reported missing
70 live rescues
11 people in intensive care
164 admitted to hospital
452 people in welfare centres, many have self evacuated and left the city.
Officials are reported to be very worried about the 228 missing people.
Mains water supplies is now being piped to between 50 - 60 percent of residents, and water tankers are supplying areas without working water pipes. Residents have been advised to treat water as contaminated and to boil and treat the water before use.
Christchurch  New Zealand  earthquake.
Christchurch, New Zealand, earthquake.
Power supply has been restored to 75 percent of the city. This is expected to increase to 80% overnight and new overhead cables will be put in place to supply power to the east side of the city.
According to the NZ Herald, Civil Defence director John Hamilton said there is no need to be concerned about fuel supplies. Bulk supplies are on there way from Timaru and the city will not run out of fuel, he said, adding that same is true for food supplies.
Rescue operations continue with more than 600 rescuers on the ground in the city. Nobody has been found alive within the last 12 hours, but rescuers have not ruled out the possibility of still finding people alive.
The NZ Herald notes: Superintendent Dave Cliff said today's rain is making the rescue sites more dangerous.
"Some of the masonry that is unstable will become more unstable," said Mr Cliff.
A rescue team member was struck on the head by a loose piece of masonry this morning, he added, but was fortunately wearing a helmet.
He urged people to respect the cordons around the central business district.
"We are aware of people sneaking into that area who think it is quite clever.
Frankly it's stupid and ridiculous," he said. "Respect those cordons. They're there for a very, very good reason."
Radio reports say that rescuers will be searching under the rubble in Cathedral Square. About 22 people are believed to have been crushed when the spire of the iconic cathedral collapsed on Tuesday.
Thirty-two roads and 13 bridges around the city remain closed and residents have been asked to only travel when essential and take extreme caution when driving.
A census due to be conducted in New Zealand on 8 March has been cancelled as a result of the earthquake.
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