Nightly News | February 27, 2011
>>> to the tragedy in christchurch, new zealand . the death toll from this week's earthquake is now around 150, but officials warn the number could go well over 200 by the time all of the bodies are found in the rubble. but tonight, rescue workers remain focused on trying to find survivors. and as nbc's george lewis reports this sunday brought no day of rest.
>> reporter: it is a delicate and dangerous tax, pulling apart the concrete, layer by layer, looking for signs of life . teams from japan and china concentrate on the wreckage of the canterbury tv building that housed a language school . 28 jap nice and 20 chinese students are believed buried inside. an american team from the los angeles county fire department is part of the international effort.
>> we are very fortunate to be able to assist and give our services when new zealand 's in their time of need.
>> reporter: they have been assisting at the iconic christchurch cathedral . as many as 22 people fear bead neath the rubble. here in the hardest-hit area, the christchurch central business district , it's a race against time . rescuers know that with each passing hour, the chances for finding people alive grow increasingly dim. many of the stately old stone houses of worship in christchurch now face demolition. the members of st. barn bus anglican church held sunday services just outside the cracked walls of their sanctuary.
>> farther natally, the weather has been fantastic and we have been able to share our experiences with each other.
>> reporter: in other churches --
>> reporter: hymns and prayers for the healing of this community.
>> more recent days, the revival of courage, neighborliness, mutual support, spontaneous acts of kindness it is as if the city is trying to recover its spirit in the face of a devastating tragedy.
>> reporter: as they deal with their grief and overwhelming task of rebuilding, the people lean on each other and on their faith. george lewis , nbc news, christchurch, new zealand .