7 Chinese Buried under Building in NZ
    2011-02-24 10:38:05     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Yihang
 

Chinese Ambassador to New Zealand Xu Jianguo (L) shakes hands with Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker (R) in Christchurch, New Zealand, Feb. 23, 2011. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on Wednesday declared a national state of emergency in the wake of a magnitude-6.3 earthquake that jolted the South Island city of Christchurch on Tuesday. [Photo: Xinhua/Huang Xingwei]

About seven Chinese students and staff from a language school housed in Canterbury TV (CTV) building in earthquake-ravaged Christchurch, New Zealand, were missing, presumed to be in the building, Xinhua news agency reports.

Two of the seven have been identified. One is Lai Chang from south China's Guangdong Province, a student of the King's Education, while the other is a woman, surnamed Li, from Taiwan, who worked at the school.

New Zealand rescuers once abandoned the hope of finding survivors in the six-storey building, where a total of 90 students and staff reportedly may have died in the wreckage.

However, under pressure from China's embassy in New Zealand, rescue efforts resumed later to look for survivors.

The embassy said they have not received any formal reports on the death of Chinese nationals.

The official death toll on Wednesday night stood at 76, but leaked official documents broadcast by media suggested authorities feared it could surpass 300 to become New Zealand's worst natural disaster.

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