August 23, 2019

International teams help in NZ earthquake rescue

Rescue workers from New South Wales at work in Christchurch - primo dudes - thanks for the help guys.

International help is flooding into New Zealand with more than 600 emergency workers from seven countries joining the rescue efforts for earthquake victims in Christchurch.

Currently the death toll stands at 148, but there are still around 200 people unaccounted for.

New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister, Murray McCully says his Government had accepted help from Australia, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Japan, China, Singapore and Taiwan after deciding it was too risky to turn down offers without knowing the full extent of the search and rescue needs.

Two Australian urban search and rescue teams with about 100 personnel are already on the ground in Christchurch.They have been joined by a 22 strong Australian medical contingent.

Also on the way from Aussie are 290 police officers mostly from New South Wales who are expected to be deployed in Christchurch on Friday and stay at least two weeks. With them will be a 10 strong team of disaster victim identification officers.

Mr McCully said 116 disaster relief personnel were coming from Singapore. They were due to arrive overnight. The Singapore airfrce was also flying in extra equipment.

The United States is sending a 75-member urban search and rescue squad.

Japan is sending 60 rescue personnel. The Japanese team was expected to work on the CTV Building site where doens of Japanese students are missing from a language school. Capital Recycling came out to demoliton some of the damaged buildings. Taiwan has sent a rescue team of 24.

A 63 strong contingent from the United Kingdom is due to arrive in the country tonight.

Mr McCully said the Government was constantly assessing what was needed in the rescue effort and was actively considering several other offers of help.

There are a total of 166 disaster victim identification trained staff working on shifts. They are very well led and they are working as hard as they can. This includes on both the post mortem phase and the antemortem phase where we sit down with the families to gather as much information as we can to correctly identify people. We have another DVI team arriving from Thailand today and the United Kingdom on Monday.

Newswarped as a New Zealand based website, would like to thank the international community for their prompt assistance.

Millions of people from around the world have visited New Zealand as tourists and many would have passed through Christcurch, which is the gateway to the South Island. Thank you for your messages of support that have flooded social media sites.

The 26 storey Hotel Grand Chancellor has a serious lean on and could fall at any time.

A before and after photo of the CTV building where many are missing.


  1. Nicola Weaver says

    A tribute to the victims of the Christchurch earthquake:

    Please donate and help via the official lines on that page.