WELLINGTON, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) — The New Zealand government on Monday opened three service centers in the areas affected by the largest bush fire in decades.
“For people who are able to come into a service center, the Nelson, Richmond and Motueka Services Centers are all open today,” Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni said in a statement.
The fire, which started last Tuesday in Nelson of New Zealand’s South Island, has become the country’s largest in 64 years, forcing more than 3,000 people to be evacuated. At least one house was destroyed by the fire.
“If you are disabled or have particular health needs, please contact the DHB (District Health Board), where there are Health Navigators in place to help with any urgent calls for support,” Sepuloni said.
She said staff from the Ministry for Social Development have been managing a steady flow of requests for support, including help with accommodation, food, clothing and bedding.