Christchurch Members Mobilize to Support Communities Hit by Quake

Contributed By the Church News

  • 18 November 2016

Christchurch volunteers lend a hand gathering supplies for communities hit by the November 14 earthquake.

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND

Latter-day Saints in Christchurch are gathering food, water, and other emergency supplies to be transported by helicopter to rural and remote communities in North Canterbury hit hard by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck November 14.

Two people lost their lives when the earthquake struck the small towns of Waiau, Hanmer Springs, Kaikoura, and surrounding areas. Train lines, the main national highway, and other roads have been damaged, cutting off several communities.

Local Latter-day Saint leaders report that all missionaries are safe, as are all other members of the Church in affected areas.

A home belonging to one family from the Rangiora Ward was destroyed in the quake. The family is now being supported by leaders and members from their stake.

LDS missionaries sort food, water, and other supplies before being flown into remote and rural communities affected by the the November 14 Kaikoura earthquake.

Elder O. Vincent Haleck, General Authority Seventy and President of the Pacific Area, expressed love and concern for the individuals, families, and communities affected by the earthquake.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the people in the affected communities,” he said. “Our local leaders are continuing to assess needs, providing immediate support to individuals and families, and organizing volunteers from our Christchurch congregations. The shipment of relief supplies that will be flown by helicopter to affected areas this week will include donated items from Christchurch Latter-day Saints, as well as purchased supplies paid for by the Church. As further needs are identified, we will continue to provide support.”

LDS missionaries sort aid before it is sent to communities hit by the November 14 earthquake in Kaikoura, New Zealand, and surrounding communities.

Christchurch volunteers help gather water and other supplies for communities hit by the November 14 earthquake.