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Sunday, 02 October 2022 06:25 GMT

Regions of New Zealand's South Island severely affected by flooding, heavy rain


(MENAFN) The South Island of New Zealand has seen severe flooding and heavy rain in the West Coast and Nelson-Tasman districts.

According to the National Emergency Management Agency on Thursday, local states of emergency were still in effect for these areas because of the continuous extreme weather.

The organization added in a statement that additional effects from the severe weather were possible, including flooding that necessitates evacuations.

The Maitai River, which flows through the city of Nelson, has overflowed its banks, forcing the evacuation of more than 200 residences. Residents in flooded streets have received assistance from Civil Defense teams.

Due to slides and flooding, the state highway heading to Nelson is closed.

The MetService, New Zealand's official weather agency, has issued a red warning. This is the ninth red warning since the color-coded system was implemented in 2019. Only the most disruptive weather events receive MetService red warnings, which are only sent after collaboration with civil defense and the local regional government.

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