The body count in the devastated Christchurch city remained at 166 overnight after the 6.3 magnitude quake struck on 22 February. With nothing more they can do, the New Zealand authorities ended yesterday the search and recovery missions in the ruined Canterbury Television building.
In a telephone interview by dzMM, the family of one of the missing Filipinos who went to the damaged city accepted the fate of their loved one. The relatives are hoping for a miracle to happen although the possibility of being alive is slim.
A report by the PDI said that the Philippine Embassy is waiting for Wellington to release the names of the 11 missing Filipinos.
The consul general extended his sympathies to the relatives and vowed that the Philippine government will assist them.
The New Zealand government will first inform the kins before the Philippine authorities.
In another story, the NZ Herald said that a funeral service was held today for Owen Wright who died in action while helping others when the temblor happened.
The 40-year-old man was on his way home to Lyttelton to see his two young kids and wife Megan.
He made a few trips back and forth giving rides to tired and terrified people.
He was killed by boulders that were shaken off by the temblor after texting his wife that he is on his way home.
Details of this story here.