PM's Presser 28/2/11: Earthquake Assistance Package
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Treasury has estimated the cost of damage from the disaster will be ten to fifteen billion dollars.
Mr Key will observe tomorrow's earthquake vigil in Christchurch with his family.
He answered questions on the response to the earthquake currently and plans for the future including a likely inquiry, the number of homeless (an estimate of double the 3300 houses destroyed by September's quake), security and criticisms of some civil defence action and the availability of names of the missing and the dead.