NZ: Rescue teams search for missing Israelis
Four days after mass earthquake, Ofer Levy's uncle arrives in Christchurch together with two Israeli rescue teams in hopes of finding nephew, friend. 'We haven't lost hope,' he says
The more time passes since the devastating earthquake that hit New Zealand Monday the less chances there are of survivors being found. Four days after the tremor, Yaakov Levy, the uncle of one missing Israeli has arrived in quake-stricken Christchurch in search for him. Currently 15 Israelis are considered missing in New Zealand, data from Israel's Embassy in the country suggests.
"The area that was affected is sealed off. Hundreds of local rescue personnel and volunteers from around the world are working to trace survivors. We are trying to get as many details about Ofer and Gabi in the meantime," Levy said. "Currently they are not allowing outside rescue teams to operate but have set up a special Foreign Ministry war room and their representatives are helping us. "
Levy described the chaos in the city. "The destruction is all too evident. I managed to sneak into the city center for a short while and we started working vigorously to trace them. We haven't lost hope and the search continues in the assumption they are alive."
Gabi (Left) and Ofer. 'We haven't lost hope'
Hilik Magnus, the company's director said that his teams are preparing to stay in New Zealand for a considerable amount of time.
Piles of rubble in Christchurch (Photo: AFP)