28 Feb 2011

More Christchurch victims named as rescue operation continues

7:11 am on 28 February 2011

The police expect to name more of those killed in the Christchurch earthquake today, as rescue teams continue to comb the ruined city.

Of the roughly 200 people listed as missing, 147 have been confirmed dead and about 50 are unaccounted for.

The police intend to name two more victims this morning, saying their priority remains identifying the dead and reuniting them with family.

Power is back on to 82 percent of the city, and the lines company Orion is aiming to have 95 percent of its customers reconnected this week.

But Orion says those inside the central-city cordon will have to wait several more weeks for power.

Civil Defence says 65 percent of the city now has a water supply, but 55-thousand homes are still without.

Meanwhile, people are warned to stay away from Waimairi, Parklands and North beaches where raw sewage is being pumped into the ocean to enable contractors to repair damaged pipes.