Ministry of Justice Chch Earthquake – Update 2, Feb 24th
Christchurch earthquake – update
24 February 2011
Chief Coroner Judge
Neil MacLean says contingency plans to cope with the heavy
demands on the Coronial system in the aftermath of the
Christchurch earthquake are working well.
facilities are in place at Christchurch Hospital and Burnham
Military Camp and no bodies have had to be transferred out
of the region to date.
“I am confident that in this
time of immense grief and sorrow we can cope with whatever
the death toll reaches.
“We are getting incredible
support from Police and other Government agencies, the
military, funeral directors and pathologists, and are all
pulling together to do what has to be done.
in these circumstances there may be some delays but we will
do all we can to make sure bereaved families have their
loved ones back as quickly as possible,” Judge MacLean
The Coronial Inquests due to be held in Canterbury
in the next few weeks will be adjourned but across the rest
of the country Inquests and any deaths referred to the
Coroner will continue to be dealt with through normal
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