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new zealand declares state of emergency over severe storm

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new zealand declares state of emergency over severe storm

a state of emergency has been declared in the three new zealand cities of christchurch, timaru, otago and dunedin, where a severe storm has led to the evacuation of hundreds of homes. christchurch declared a state of emergency after the heathcote river burst its banks and flooded southern parts of the city on saturday morning.it has become the fourth area to do so after a severe weather event, which has lashed the south island over the past 24 hours, caused widespread flooding.the new zealand defence force has deployed at least a dozen trucks and 140 personnel to provide assistance to emergency services and help rescue those trapped by rising flood waters.a resident paddles a inflatab...