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Ministry of Justice Chch Earthquake – Update 2, Feb 24th

Christchurch earthquake – update 2

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.

Mortuary 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.

“Inevitably 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 says.

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 processes.

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