Experts note that this is the strongest flood in the last 100 years in the country. The water level in the rivers rose to a record high.
New Zealand was covered by heavy rains — the water level in the rivers rose to a record high, and the authorities began an urgent evacuation of citizens.
This is reported by Stuff.
Authorities have evacuated at least 300 homes in Canterbury because of the weather. Several highways, schools, and offices are temporarily closed. The New Zealand Defence Force has brought in helicopters for the rescue operation.
Ashburton Mayor Neil Brown did not rule out the possibility of breaching the levees. If this happens, the authorities will have to evacuate “half of the city”.
As previously reported, flooding and landslides occurred in Indonesia and East Timor. As a result, at least 41 people were killed.
We also wrote that recently in Australia there was the strongest flood in the last half-century. Almost 20 thousand people were forced to leave their homes.