Kiwi mourns her city

NEW Zealanders from all over the world are in mourning after Christchurch was devastated by the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that rocked the south island's largest city last week.

Among those is Cannonvale resident Jasmine Malloch who was born and raised in Christchurch and members of her family were in the city when the quake hit.

Her family members survived and she is in regular contact with them but she did lose one of her former school friends who was crushed in a bus.

“It was definitely devastating when I heard the news [of my friend],” she said.

Jasmine is still in shock after the city she once lived in is now in ruins. “I was in disbelief [after the quake], it just all seems like it wasn't real,” she said.

“To see buildings that I know in the city that I was born in and went to school in all destroyed, is just horrible.”

She said if her family or friends did encounter any more major trouble, she would be back over there in a flash, something Ms Malloch knows would be very difficult.

“It will be very moving when I go back to visit,” she said.

“The place [Christchurch] has so much history and character.

“A lot of that will be lost, and the city will be completely different.”

The death toll in New Zealand as of yesterday was 160 people.


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