“As we look to the decade ahead, I see hope, energy and optimism,” says Prime Minister

Jacinda Ardern paid tribute to 185 people killed in the Christchurch earthquake on the 10th anniversary of the disaster

The New Zealand Prime Minister said that “the decade had been extremely difficult for this city – sometimes I’m sure it felt impossible”, but that she thought Christchurch would return

“As we look to the decade ahead, I see hope, energy and optimism, and I see Christchurch taking its rightful place among the best and brightest cities in New York -Zeeland “, she added

Ms Ardern also said it was important to remember that 87 of the victims were foreigners and some of their families were unable to attend due to coronavirus travel rules

The 6th A magnitude 3 earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand’s second most populous city, at age 12 at 5 p.m. on February 22, 2011

During the commemoration on the banks of the Avon River, there was a silence at the same time Emergency services and others took turns reading the names of the victims

Lianne Dalziel, Mayor of Christchurch, spoke of the 28 Japanese citizens who died, the highest number of victims of any country outside New Zealand Others from Australia, the United States and China are also dead

“We are forever bound by this tragedy and we do not forget you even when we are apart You are with us in spirit”, she said

Another responder to the service was Maan Alkaisi, a university professor who spent years trying to coerce authorities into filing a complaint against those who designed the CTV building, which collapsed during the earthquakes. land, killing 115 people, including his wife, Maysoon Abbas

A royal commission later found that the building’s design was flawed and should never have been approved

“Today reminds us of our responsibility to make sure we learn from this tragic experience and to honor these lovely people we have lost by making sure their dreams come alive, making sure that does not happen again “

Thousands of buildings and homes in Christchurch were damaged by the earthquake, prompting the government to embark on reconstruction projects that would continue a decade later Much of the downtown district has been destroyed

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Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/christchurch-earthquake-2011-jacinda-ardern-b1805506.html