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Gisborne people urged to check neighbours

Civil Defence stresses need to check your neighbours

As the end of the day approaches, the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management is encouraging people in Gisborne and the rural areas around it to look out for each other.

“There have been no serious injuries reported from last night’s earthquake but there might still be people who have not been able to contact anyone,” said the Ministry’s Director, John Hamilton. “We are strongly encouraging everyone to take the time to check on their neighbours.

“There might be elderly people or people who are injured or sick who have not been able to get assistance.

“Even if people are not injured, friendly company can be a great help and support,” Mr Hamilton said. “A chance to talk, see a friendly face, have a cup of tea together can be a great reassurance at a time of stress.”

Any people requiring welfare assistance (e.g. accommodation, non-emergency medical issues, food, clothing etc) should telephone the government welfare line 0800 779 997. The emergency number is 111.

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