Storm wreaks havoc in New Zea­land

The Guardian Weekly - - World Roundup -

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.

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