Storm wreaks havoc in New Zealand
14 A ferocious storm buffeted the lower part of New Zealand’s South Island, with states of emergency declared in Christchurch, Timaru and Otago and the city of Dunedin accessible only by air.
The city of 120,000 people was cut off by road after landslips blocked access. Small coastal communities on the Otago peninsula were cut off. More than 200 troops from the New Zealand army were deployed to assist with civil emergency efforts amid continued heavy rainfall. It was the secondlargest flood of the Taieri river in Otago on record. Hundreds of people were evacuated from low-lying homes in Dunedin, Timaru and the wider Otago and Clutha region.