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• The government has opened an 0800 helpline for people needing financial and other support following the earthquake. The Ministry of Social Development is running it and staff are authorised to grant civil defence payments for food, bedding, clothing, accommodation and loss of income.

The 0800 779 997 helpline will run seven days a week from 7am to 9pm until further notice.

• For yesterday's Live Blog click here.