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The New Zealand Defence Force is continuing with its efforts in Christchurch City and has 902 NZ Army personnel committed with 116 Singapore Army (SAF) also in support. Two water production facilities have been in operation since this morning and members of the public have begun to receive fresh water. Two Environmental Health teams are liaising with the Ministry of Health in the city.

Army catering is producing 1700 breakfasts, 1800 lunches, 1800 dinners and 250 midnight meals per day. 200 plus Reserve forces have been mobilised from today. They will be used to augment the Civil Defence recovery effort. 150 Air Force personnel are committed to the effort and 358 passengers have been moved from Christchurch in the last 24 hours; 1411 moved in total so far. A group of young disabled people from IHC and their caregivers have been flown out of the city to Hamilton and Whenuapai Air Force Base.

Two Iroquois helicopters have conducted VIP flights in addition to carrying food and portaloos around the region.200 Navy personnel are committed in the Lyttelton area. Personnel from the Offshore Patrol Vessel OTAGO checked navigation aids in Lyttelton Harbour and also checked for seabed movement. With half the checking done there are indications that slippage and land slumping at No 2 Wharf and the Tug Jetty land boundary have resulted in depth reductions of about two metres. The location of the change doesn’t appear to constitute a danger to vessels.The Navy’s Dive team has confirmed damage has been sustained to wharves. The Navy’s Multi Role vessel CANTERBURY provided 700 hot meals at three distribution centres (Lyttelton town centre, Diamond Harbour and Governors Bay) last night.

50 personnel from the CANTERBURY assisted in the re-distribution of fresh provisions obtained from a damaged supermarket (response to Civil Defence team request). Security patrols in Lyttelton Town Centre continue.

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