The New Zealand government declared a national emergency Tuesday after cyclone Gabrielle in the country’s northern areas, leaving widespread floods and destruction.
By Crox Media Desk: New Zealand Government declared a National State of Emergency on Tuesday as Cyclone Gabrielle caused destruction, landslides, and huge ocean waves, forcing evacuations and stranding people on rooftops.
Reuters reported this emergency was declared two times as well earlier 2019 Christchurch terror attacks and the 2020 Covid Pandemic.
The declaration applies to six main regions that have already declared a local state of emergency: Northland Auckland, Bay of Plenty, and Hawkes Bay, read the press release by the New Zealand Government.
Minister for Emergency Management Kieran McAnulty signed a declaration as ten thousand homes were left without power amidst these strong winds and heavy rainfall.
McAnulty said, “This is an unprecedented weather event that is having major impacts across much of North Island”.
Prime Minister Chris Hipkins told the press “It’s been a big night for New Zealanders across the country, but particularly in the upper north island, a lot of families were left without power, extensive damage was done across the country” Gabrielle is 100 km ((60 miles) of Auckland, near the east coast of the country’s North Island and is expected to move southeast, parallel to the cost.
Local Media public houses are publishing photographs and videos of sitting on top of buildings surrounded by flood water of houses to the bottom of landslides and roads of under water.