Print Edition - 2017-04-07  |  World News Digest

Thousands evacuated in NZ amid floods

- Agencies, WELLINGTON/SYDNEY

Apr 7, 2017-

Rescue workers used tractors and boats to evacuate thousands of people at the top of New Zealand’s North Island on Thursday as flood waters from ex-Cyclone Debbie surged in what meteorologists said was a once-in-500 year event. The effects of the former category 4 storm, one level shy of the most powerful category 5, were also still being felt in Australia more than a week after the cyclone pounded Australia’s Queensland state with the town of Rock-hampton flooded. Scores of roads were closed or blocked by landslips across New Zealand’s North Island following two days of heavy rainfall caused by the tailwind of Cyclone Debbie. The storm killed six people in Australia. No deaths have been reported in New Zealand.

Published: 07-04-2017 09:21

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