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New Zealand starts to bury earthquake dead

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New Zealand starts to bury earthquake dead


The New Zealand city of Christchurch on Monday started burying the victims of last week’s earthquake that killed at least 148 people.

Hundreds of mourners gathered for the first funeral of the many dead: Baxtor Gowland was just five months old when he died in the tremor.

Authorities say the chances of finding any more survivors are “highly unlikely.”

There are still more than 50 people unaccounted for, meaning the death toll could rise to over 200.

Prime Minister John Key has promised to rebuild the city so it can withstand major earthquakes.

A two-minute silence will take place across New Zealand at 12.51pm local time on Tuesday, the exact time the earthquake struck.

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