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The risk sectors receives calls from 100,000 New Zealanders


New Zealanders are calling out for help on the day after an earthquake left an estimated 75 people dead, and more than 300 missing.

BBC News has reported that the 6.3-magnitude quake is the country's deadliest disaster for 80 years, and the second major tremor within five months. Now a major search and rescue operation has begun, with international agencies trying to save the injured, and salvage what property and possessions they can.

Up to 100,000 people are yet to call those with jobs in insurance companies, according to New Zealand's prime minister, John Key. In a press conference he said: "There were 180,000 claims I think in the first earthquake."

"We know that different properties have been affected. Some properties that had no impact in the last earthquake have been severely damaged."

British emergency workers from across the country flew out of Gatwick early Wednesday morning; many of whom have helped during similar disasters.

A spokesperson for the Essex Fire Service told The Telegraph: "The ECFRS team's primary role is one of Search and Rescue in collapsed structures; however, the Essex team has also invested a great deal in training and development in both water rescue and working at height."

"They are the same team who went to Indonesia last October to help with rescue efforts following the earthquakes which happened there."

Despite New Zealand's strict risk management and building controls, there was little that could be done to prevent the widespread damage that was caused - as some of the buildings were made before new regulations.

An expert seismologist, Dr Trevor Allen, said: "[There are] a lot of un-reinforced masonry buildings which are very vulnerable to earthquake ground shaking."

"Now substantial efforts have been made to make those buildings more resilient, but unfortunately following on from September's earthquakes many of the structural features of those buildings were compromised."


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