Rains hit New Zealand, but more forced out of homes
Torrential rain eased across northern and central parts of New Zealand yesterday after four days of downpours forced hundreds from their homes, although there were 100 new evacuations during the night.
The town of Nelson in the south of the island was the hardest hit, with hundreds of homes evacuated over the week and some rendered uninhabitable. Towns on the North Island were also cut off, as flooding submerged roads and homes.
“Things ahead look quite different from last week,” weather forecaster Metservice said in a Twitter post. “Most of the rainfall activity is still mostly in the west, but with much lower accumulations.”
Earlier, he said the warnings and watch alerts were lifted after the rain subsided in northern and central regions. Nelson saw more evacuations yesterday, said Kieran McAnulty, the minister for emergency management, who thanked those who helped with the rescue effort but added that restoring the area would be a “long process”. and difficult”. “The state of emergency remains… in Nelson-Tasman, Marlborough and the West Coast,” he said on Twitter.
There were around 100 new evacuations overnight, the New Zealand Herald said. In the Tasman district neighboring Nelson, a total of 508 homes have been evacuated, emergency authorities said, and the figure could rise. “It is expected to increase further,” Nelson Tasman Civil Defense officials said on Facebook.
Overnight rains widened flooding to the Cannan-Upper Takaka area and the Richmond Ranges, they added. A warning remains in effect for heavy rain in Fiordland on the South Island, Metservice said on its website. Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate said concerned New Zealanders were in their thoughts. “Seeing the devastation wrought by the floods in New Zealand reminds us of the Herculean effort we all have to make to protect our planet,” the royal couple posted on Twitter.