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New Zealand quake toll rises as hopes fade for survivors

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New Zealand quake toll rises as hopes fade for survivors

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In New Zealand a fresh attempt is being made to find survivors from Tuesday’s deadly earthquake in Christchurch.

A team from Britain is joining others from Australia, Japan, the United States and Taiwan in search and rescue efforts. But cold weather is dimming hopes of finding any more people alive.

Much of the country’s second largest city resembles a war zone. It is now known that 113 people died but that figure is expected to rise with more than 200 others still missing.

A return to normality is too far off to envisage for many but some have been trying to resume their lives. Earthquake survivor Emma Howard escaped unharmed from a collapsed building after being trapped for six hours and was able to wed her fiancé Chris Greenslade as planned.