Relatives head to NZ to search for kids
Updated: 2011-03-02 17:14
DALIAN - Relatives of two female Chinese students of Dalian city, Northeast China's Liaoning province plan to set off for Christchurch, New Zealand on Thursday to search for their kids who are missing after a strong earthquake hit the city on Feb 22.
Nineteen-year-old Xu Linlin and 27-year-old Zhou Xiaoli are among the 24 Chinese nationals missing after a 6.3-magnitude quake hit New Zealand's second largest city last week. The earthquake has claimed 159 lives to date.
Zhou's aunt, who refused to be named said, they have not figured out how they would search for their child yet. "The government has been very supportive and our visa application went very smoothly," she said.
The students' parents who were deeply upset refused to be interviewed.
The two families received donations and support from various individuals and institutions following the tragedy.
According to the Embassy of China in New Zealand, 14 relatives of the missing Chinese nationals had arrived in Christchurch by Feb 28.
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