14 Filipinos missing in New Zealand quake

19:03, February 24, 2011      

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The number of Filipinos missing in New Zealand after Tuesday's magnitude 6.3 quake in Christchurch has climbed to 14, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday.

New Zealand officials announced that they have started to shift from rescue to retrieval operations as hopes dim in finding more survivors, three days after the disaster.

But Foreign Affairs spokesman Eduardo Malaya said Philippine officials in Christchurch have appealed to the New Zealand government to resume rescue operations since there is an indication that the most of the 14 missing Filipinos are still alive.

"They have been receiving text messages from these missing individuals and they are not presumed dead," Malaya said.

A two-man team from the Philippine Embassy in Wellington arrived in Christchurch Thursday morning to look for the missing Filipinos and to check on the condition of other Filipinos affected by the quake.

Source: Xinhua
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