Four people died in the floods – About 350 people needed emergency accommodation
New Zealand is bracing for more and even heavier rain this week, which has already been hit by major floods that have killed at least four people.
Auckland, which on Friday faced the city’s worst-ever rainfall, remains under a state of emergency, according to the BBC.
Loot Lake in paknsave Auckland #aucklandflooding #AucklandRain #AucklandFloods pic.twitter.com/YnqA9IwpaS
— Flinty (Following Back) (@FlintyNZ) January 28, 2023
About 350 people needed emergency housing, New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said, adding that there was significant damage across the capital.
With the unprecedented rainfall Oakland has seen since Friday, even “normal” torrential rain over the next few days could cause more flooding and damage than usual, the city’s mayor said in a tweet Monday.
Floods in Auckland NZ, feel sorry for the passengers on the bus 😅😅😅🤦♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/uYgf0KIvrI
— Julie Pene (@juliepene40) January 27, 2023
The National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), the country’s climate science body, said Friday was the wettest day on record for a number of locations in Auckland.
Footage and images online showed people trapped in flooded streets, rescuers rescuing civilians in kayaks and food floating in the aisles of several flooded supermarkets.
You: it’s snowing. We can’t go outside.
Auckland: torrential rain floods aren’t stopping my day. pic.twitter.com/j6OGbipFDc
— Stephen Punwasi 🏚️📉🐈☃️ (@StephenPunwasi) January 27, 2023
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