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National Emergency In New Zealand Due To Cyclone Gabrielle Causes Flooding, Landslides

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New Zealand Cyclone Gabrielle

New Zealand Cyclone Gabrielle

In New Zealand Government declared a state of national emergency after cyclone Gabrielle struck northern New Zealand, causing widespread flooding, huge ocean swells, forcing evacuation, stranding people on rooftops, and causing destruction. 

 This is the third time a national emergency has been declared in this country’s history – the other two being the 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings and the 2020 covid pandemic, according to Reuters. McAunlty added, “This is a significant disaster with real threats to the lives of New Zealand.” More rain and high winds were expected Tuesday, hampering the efforts of the emergency services. House collapsed in West Auckland, causing critical conditions, and the New Zealand fire and emergency service said that firefighters are missing.

Kerry Gregory, chief executive of the fire service, reported, “It’s been a tough night for the North Island as a whole, but it’s been especially tough for fire and emergency.” Air New Zealand have said they expect to resume firefighter on Tuesday afternoon. 

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