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Red Cross launches emergency appeal

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/11/2016 Cassie Devoy

Red Cross has responded to quake-affected communities, especially in areas where homes are the worst affected, but are calling on New Zealand to donate to help their cause.

Its disaster welfare and support teams have set up portaloos, water supplies and radio communications, and are door knocking to check on residents.

It's also set up a Civil Defence centre in Blenheim.

A disaster welfare and support Truck, is on it's way to Christchurch City from Dunedin, and is capable of providing shelter and food for up to 150 people.

Red Cross is in talks with the Christchurch City Council to build a further support strategy.

At the moment, water is the greatest need, so water bladders and tap stands will be given out where needed.

People can donate to Red Cross' November 2016 Earthquake Appeal at redcross.org.nz/donate/ - 100 per cent of special appeal donations will go directly to the emergency response on the ground.

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