New Zealand declares state of emergency

By Linsey McNeill
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New Zealand has declared a state of emergency in six regions after being hit by Cyclone Gabrielle.

Heavy rain overnight has caused widespread flooding, with 2,500 people forced to flee their homes.

Around 225,000 homes and businesses remain without power.

New Prime Minister Chris Hipkins described the cyclone as ‘the most extreme weather event that we’ve experienced in a very long time’.

It follows severe flooding in Auckland only two weeks ago.

British PM Rishi Sunak has offered the UK’s support and assistance.

The national state of emergency includes six regions where local emergencies had already been declared. 

They are Auckland, as well as the regions of Northland, Tairawhiti, Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Hawke’s Bay.

The national emergency declaration enables the government to support affected regions and provide additional resources, said the Government.

*Image from Auckland floods in January

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