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The Funerals Are Starting

TV New Zealand’s Live Updates

To recap: 12.30pm
– strong winds are expected to bring warm blustery conditions, making the clean up more difficult
– a series of aftershocks have rattled the city
– more helicopters have taken to the skies to assess building damage
– work continues on identifying victims
– the student army and Federated Farmers are calling for volunteers
– Civil Defence says the operational response has transitioned seamlessly into the new working week
– 55,000 properties remain without water
– fuel supplies are returning to normal

There have been 148 confirmed deaths, with nearly 200 still missing. The first funeral, for a child, was held today. No more survivors have been found since last Wednesday [local time].

2 comments

1 hipparchia { 02.28.11 at 3:40 pm }

there are times when i’m glad – or perhaps relieved is a better word – that i no longer do sar.

ot: is your newest sleddog header photo from the yukon quest? and i’ve been watching the anchorage and nome temps in your sidebar – they’ve been all over the place recently.

2 Bryan { 02.28.11 at 7:16 pm }

It was one of the things I hated about being called to an accident scene after I left uniform duty – I got the call when there was a serious injury or fatality to do the evidence collection. The saves are great, but it’s the losses you remember.

OT: Mike Ellis and his Siberians approaching Eagle Summit.

Yep, there has been snow interspersed with thawing. it is going to be a mess, especially crossing the corner of the Norton Sound near the end.