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More Survivors Unlikely As New Zealand Quake Toll Hits 113

A man is pulled from the rubble in Christchurch.
Authorities in New Zealand have acknowledged that rescuers are increasingly unlikely to find any more survivors of the devastating earthquake in the city of Christchurch.

The official death toll from 6.3-magnitude temblor on February 22 stands at 113.

New Zealand Civil Defense Minister John Carter said rescuers are still hopeful that survivors could be found -- but said the chances of this are declining with the passage of time. He said the last rescue of a survivor was reported on February 23.

More than 200 people are still officially listed as missing after the quake, including many foreign students from Japan, China and other Asian countries who were studying at an English-language school in Christchurch.

compiled from agency reports