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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Christchurch earthquake: Suburbs 'not forgotten'

Christchurch earthquake: Suburbs 'not forgotten'

Last updated 12:20 03/03/2011
Christchurch's eastern suburbs have not been forgotten or ignored, according to the man heading the city's earthquake recovery operation.

Criticism has been levelled at officials from Christchurch East MP Lianne Dalziel and residents, angry that large parts of the community are still without power, water and the most basic forms of assistance.

But national Civil Defence controller John Hamilton today said everything possible was being done to provide help there.

He acknowledged many residents had no power, water or access to toilets.

Transport was also difficult because of damage to roads while officials were also dealing with an unprecedented urban search and rescue operation.

All priority areas in the east would be assessed by building evaluation inspectors by the end of Saturday, he said.

Only red stickers would be issued for now.

Eighty-six portaloos were going into Avonside and Dallington today and 120 arrive tomorrow for deployment into the eastern suburbs.

The distribution of chemical toilets would also start there today, Hamilton said.

Around half of the 27,000 houses still without power should be reconnected by Sunday and diesel generators that can service 200 homes were also on their way.

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