Many quake victims not covered by life insurance

3:27 pm on 22 August 2011

Less than half the families of people killed in the Christchurch earthquake have received life insurance payments.

The Investment, Savings and Insurance Association says insurers have paid out about $16.5 million in life insurance to the families of 84 of the earthquake's 181 victims.

The Accident Compensation Corporation has contributed another $1.1 million.

Chief executive Peter Neilson says some of the victims were not covered because they were from overseas or were too young or old.

He says many more were under-insured or had no life insurance policies.