On Saturday , three people had died and at least one was missing after record levels of rainfall had pounded New Zealand’s largest city, causing widespread disruption, authorities said.
Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said the city was in for a big cleanup and that people should remain indoors if possible. He added that a break in the weather could prove temporary, with more heavy rain forecast.
“This is an unprecedented event in recent memory,” Hipkins said.
The Police said they found one man’s body in a flooded culvert and another in a flooded carpark. They said fire and emergency crews found a third body after a landslide brought down a house in the suburb of Remuera. One person remained missing after being swept away by floodwaters.
However,Hipkins said power had been restored to most places, although about 3,500 homes remained without electricity.
Video posted online also showed chest-deep water in some places.Lawmaker Ricardo Menéndez posted a video of water surging into houses. “We’ve just had to evacuate our home as the water was already rising rapidly and coming in aggressively,” he tweeted.
Fire and Emergency New Zealand said crews had responded to more than 700 incidents across the region and staff had taken more than 2,000 emergency calls.”We had every available career and volunteer crew on the road responding to the most serious events,” District manager Brad Mosby stated.
Mosby further stated that the crews had rescued 126 people who were trapped in houses or cars, or who had been involved in vehicle crashes.
Friday was noted as the wettest day ever recorded in Auckland, according to weather agencies, as the amount of rain that would typically fall over the entire summer hit in a single day.
On Friday evening, more than 15 centimeters (6 inches) of rain fell in just three hours in some places.The rain closed highways and poured into homes. Hundreds of people were stranded at Auckland Airport overnight after the airport stopped all flights and parts of the terminal were flooded.