Fire service update - Still no one available for interview
Fire service update. Still no one available for
Fire appliances, firefighting
crews and Urban Search and Rescue personnel are on their way
to Christchurch to support the civil defence emergency
response to the Christchurch airport.
The first wave of
support includes several fire appliances from Dunedin and
Invercargill with 20 firefighters, support staff and
Also on their way are two USAR
teams (Urban Search and Rescue) who will arrive on flights
from Ohakea early this evening and overnight. They will join
the Christchurch-based USAR team. A USAR team from New
South Wales is also mobilising while Queensland and the
United States have teams on standby.
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South Africa: Death Of Nelson Mandela
South African President Jacob Zuma:
Our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding President of our democratic nation has departed. He passed on peacefully in the company of his family around 20h50 on the 5th of December 2013.
He is now resting. He is now at peace.
Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father. Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss.
His tireless struggle for freedom earned him the respect of the world. His humility, his compassion, and his humanity earned him their love. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mandela family. To them we owe a debt of gratitude.
They have sacrificed much and endured much so that our people could be free. More>>