Christchurch Earthquake 2011 - March 6 & 7 update

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This article is a roundup of the most important issues of March 6 and 7 in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake from February 22 2011

Data collected on March 7

- 10000 houses are going to be demolished. This was the chilling headline made by Prime Minister John Key, with an estimate of 100000 houses damaged. The economic loss estimate continues to be around USD11.2 billion.

- 3 more names have been added to the deceased list. The names have been included in the special deceased list page we made for this.  They are : Betty Irene Dickson, 82, of Christchurch; Joanna Clare Didham, 35, of Christchurch; Yoshiko Hirauchi, 61 of Japan
Click here for the complete list

- Prime Minister John Key has announced that a National Memorial Service for the victims of the February 22 earthquake will be held in Christchurch on Friday March 18. The service will begin at 12.45pm and two minutes™ silence will be observed at 12.51pm.

- Prime Minister John Key announced that March 18, 2011, will be a provincial holiday so the people of Canterbury can attend the National Memorial Service.

- Text messages are being sent out to Christchurch residents to keep them informed on welfare, public safety and useful information

- 70,520 commercial and residential buildings have been assessed. 1, 359 commercial buildings and 1,368 residential buildings have been red stickered.

- The state of national emergency has been extended for another seven days, until midnight Monday 14 March. It is expected that the state of national emergency will continue to be extended for some weeks.

- Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) are continuing on clearing the stairwell in the Forsyth Barr building. Progress is being made but is slow work. The United States USAR team is working on this site with support from the New Zealand Fire Service, other emergency services and private contractors.

- The Grand Chancellor Hotel building has now been cleared by USAR and operations there have concluded.

- Post-mortems on victims of the Christchurch earthquake are likely to be completed in the next few days, but identification of all victims could take some time. The official death toll remains at 166.

Green Zone cordons 1 & 2 are open to the public, but only for those people needing access to their property or home
Green Zones 3 & 4 are likely to be open to the public over the next few days.

Data collected on March 6

- The list of identified deceased persons counts now 41 people. 3 people are from Israel, 1 from Korea and 1 from Thailand. All other identified persons are Kiwi's.
Click here for the complete list.

- Heavy rain currently being experienced in Christchurch could cause slips or landslides on hillside areas.
Residents are asked to be vigilant. If any widening of cracks or land movement occurs please inform Civil Defense by calling 03 9418999. If it is an emergency situation please call 111.

Search and rescue operations have now finished on this site. The inside of the Spire was cleared and USAR teams have been re-checking other parts of the interior of the building and the immediate surrounding area outside. They have now completed this task and have not found any victims. The Cathedral is still unstable and remains cordoned off.

- Green Zone cordons 1 and 2 have been reduced today (Sunday 6 March) for residents and businesses. From 2pm today, Green Zone cordons 1 and 2 will be opened for public access, but only travel to the opened CBD cordoned area if you need to access your property or home. Green Zones 3 & 4 are likely to be open to the public over the next few days
Click here for the city center ground plan

- Christchurch residents who have relocated asked to register with Red Cross

- As more flow arrives at the Christchurch Wastewater Treatment Plant due to repairs to damaged pump stations in the network, the potential exists for high levels of odor to permeate parts of the city.

- Hundreds of tankers each day are discharging a mixture of sand and sewage from the broken reticulation into a large tank at the treatment plant to enable the separation of sand and silt material so that further damage to the treatment plant is avoided. This operation unfortunately also causes increased odor potential.

- Residents are being reminded they need to dispose of bricks and rubble and other material themselves.

- Christchurch City currently faces an increased risk of disease and vermin. The higher risk has been caused by waste material around vacant houses, broken food containers, and the amount of wastewater entering the Avon and Heathcote Rivers.

- Some residents in the Hillsborough area have been evacuated due to the risk of rocks falling in any further aftershocks.

All owners of commercial and residential buildings must have approval before demolishing their buildings anywhere within Christchurch City and Banks Peninsula. Their first point of contact should be the Civil Defense Deconstruction Team on 027 819 9860.
This team are setting up a process to work with NZSAR and the NZ Police to clear all potential demolition sites before demolition begins. There may be people still unaccounted for from the area outside the CBD cordon.

- The NZ government estimates the total financial cost of damage from the earthquake at between $10 billion and $15 billion “ two to three times the estimated $5 billion cost of the first earthquake last September. This will be shared between central government, insurers, local government and businesses.
Paying for the earthquake will likely involve a balanced combination of a bit more borrowing in the short term and reconsidering our spending priorities, so we can provide the financial resources needed to help rebuild Christchurch and the Canterbury economy, says Bill English, Treasury Minister.

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