In New Zealand, clearing up operations have begun after the huge landslide which engulfed the streets of the hillside suburb of Dunedin last Thursday (9 August).
CU Bulldozers PAN TO hole
CU People standing outside relief centre
CU People leaving relief centre
CU Soldiers and police directing civilians (3 SHOTS)
CU Man talking to reporter (2 SHOTS)
MV Soldiers moving furniture (3 SHOTS)
CU No trespassing sign PAN TO house precariously balanced
LV Bulldozer working in canyon (2 SHOTS)
TRANSCRIPTS: SMITH: "Man-made demolition even had its hazards for the contractors today, unsure still just how stable the ground is. At one stage blasting was considered. It may come to that later. How many more homes have to go depend on engineers' reports. On the money side, social welfare has paid out nearly fifty thousand dollars already for board and special non-repayable cash grants for immediate need. Most post offices throughout the country are taking in appeal donations. The evacuees were told in a civil defence meeting that restrictions on going in still apply.
Many of those forced out of their homes had a chance to make a brief return today, but it certainly was brief. One person from each household was allowed to go. Each was issued with two large paper bags and they were escorted by police and the army. They knew before they were taken into the area they had just half an hour to grab what they wanted before they were to be taken straight back out. They could only bring out two paper bags of belongings. The instruction issued for bringing out pets was: if you've got seven or eight dogs, choose one of them. For those who went back it was a question of what do we want most."
INHABITANT: "I'd like some clothes for a start. I've been standing up in this pair of socks for the last three days."
THOMPSON: "Anything else that's really important?"
INHABITANT: "Well a lot of things. Papers, bank books, and things for the children mainly. Personal things really."
INHABITANT: "Well whatever I can, like clothing and a few odds and ends, you know."
THOMPSON: "Have you got any pets up there that you want to get out?"
INHABITANT: "Well there's a cat but I don't know where he is."
SMITH: "In streets where residents weren't allowed to go, a seventy-strong army contingent sent from Burnham became furniture removal men. They had looked for essentials, mostly it seemed they were doing a thorough everything we can carry' job. Those who chose what should be taken out, knew that this was the owner's last chance. By afternoon some houses would be rubble. In many houses only two people could actually be inside at once. Engineers were wary about weight on floors even where house balance wasn't obviously precarious. By now decisions owners were trying to make about demolition, 1 should wee or shouldn't we' even two days ago, are totally irrelevant."
REPORTER: GAYNOR SMITH AND BRUCE THOMPSON
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Background: In New Zealand, clearing up operations have begun after the huge landslide which engulfed the streets of the hillside suburb of Dunedin last Thursday (9 August). Over four hundred residents had to be evacuated as their houses were either destroyed or precariously balanced on the edge of the newly-formed canyon. Several houses have had to be deliberately wrecked to stabilise the surrounding ground. Televisions Service One's Gaynor Smith and Bruce Thompson report.