New Zealand Red Cross – Earthquake Appeal

A devastating earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand on 22 February 2011, killing around 100 people and injuring around 2,500.

There is widespread destruction, including collapsed buildings in the centre of the city and damage to roads and bridges. The mayor of Christchurch, Bob Parker, has declared a state of emergency and aid is being co-ordinated by the National Crisis Management Centre.

The New Zealand Red Cross responded immediately, sending eight emergency response teams to conduct search and rescue and provide first aid.

Around 2,000 people have been displaced and Red Cross teams are helping set up welfare centres and distributing blankets, water containers and tents to affected families.

In conjunction with the New Zealand Police and Ministry of Civil Defence, the Red Cross has established a missing persons call centre. It has received more than 400 international requests to help restore family links.

Funds raised will be used towards the New Zealand Red Cross response to the disaster, including transport and provision of goods.

Please give what you can today to support the relief effort.

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