The death of one of the 28 Japanese who remained unaccounted for following an earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, last month was confirmed Sunday, the Foreign Ministry said.
New Zealand police notified relatives of Yoshiko Hirauchi, 61, from Toyama Prefecture, of her death earlier in the day in Christchurch in the presence of Japanese officials, according to the ministry.
Hirauchi was among the 28 students from a language school in the city of Toyama studying at King’s Education language school, located in a six-story building housing Canterbury TV that collapsed in Christchurch.
The other 27 Japanese students remain unaccounted for.
As many as 120 people remain trapped in a building in earthquake-devastated Christchurch on Thursday where more than a dozen Japanese students were studying when a 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit the city on New Zealand’s south island Tuesday.
An urban search and rescue team from Japan has already joined other rescue workers to dig through debris at the CanterburyTV building that also housed the King’s Education Ltd. language school where many Japanese and other international students were studying.
Overnight Wednesday, four bodies were pulled from the rubble of the regional television building.