New Zealand officials estimate the damage caused by unprecedented flooding on the country’s west coast on Monday, where 1,000 people have lost their homes.
New Zealand President Jacintha Artern posted aerial images of the area after the arrival of Emergency Management Minister Chris Fafoe on her Instagram account this Monday, commenting that it was “devastating to see the damage and how much”. Houses have been affected by the floods. “
Artern points out that the Civil Defense Services are on the ground to help thousands of homeless people in Westport (South Island), where water reaches the height of windows and is the city most affected by this makeshift.
The meteorological center predicted two days of calm before the new storm on Wednesday, declaring a state of emergency in the region due to 300mm to 700mm of rain. And Thursday.
“Many parts of central New Zealand will receive a month’s of rain in a day or two,” Met Service meteorologist Amy Rochester explained in a statement Monday.
For his part, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor estimates that about a thousand cattle died in the floods, with most of the 2,000 evacuated from the Marlborough area of the South Island, which has already returned to their homes, according to Radio New Zealand.
Many places in central New Zealand get the equivalent of a month’s of rain in a day or two. “
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