Saturday 20 January 2018

Police relax cordons as quake-hit city reopens

Dean Kingston in Christchurch

POLICE cordons around the most devastated section of New Zealand's earthquake-struck city of Christchurch were relaxed yesterday, allowing businesspeople and residents to salvage their valuables nearly two weeks after the quake which killed at least 166 people.

Mechanic Rick Crosbie said he was relieved he would soon be able to visit his garage, but was also scared of what he might find. "I don't know what's going to happen until I get in there and see what the building is like," he said.

Christchurch has been divided into four green zones, where restricted access will be allowed in the coming days, and a red zone, where bodies are being excavated and which remains closed to the public.

Irish Independent

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