75 have been confirmed dead and 300 are still missing, according to Maddie Flannagan (on FB). The disaster has prompted the Prime Minister to declare a national emergency.
At least 75 people have been confirmed dead in the earthquake, with the toll expected to rise significantly as more bodies are found and identified. The earthquake has devastated the centre of Christchurch, destroying buildings and infrastructure in the city. Prime Minister John Key said a national emergency would allow the greatest possible coordination of local, national, and international resources to work on rescue and recovery efforts.
Do continue to pray, and don’t forget so soon just because it’s not the lead story on the evening news after a few days. It’s going to be a long road to recovery.
- VIDEO: Christchurch: ‘A city destroyed’ (bbc.co.uk)