“Actually, the stories that we’ve had is that it’s probably the most excessive climate occasion that we’ve skilled in a really very long time,” Hipkins informed reporters in Wellington. “Within the fullness of time, we’ll know the way it compares with Cyclone Bola.”
Hipkins mentioned British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak had phoned providing his nation’s help and help. The Australian authorities additionally mentioned New Zealand’s near-neighbor was prepared to supply help the place and if wanted, Hipkins mentioned.
The nationwide state of emergency consists of six areas the place native emergencies had already been declared. They’re Auckland, as effectively as the areas of Northland, Tairawhiti, Bay of A lot, Waikato and Hawke’s Bay.
A climate station within the Hawke’s Bay and Napier area recorded 3 times extra rain in a single day than often falls for all the month of February, MetService meteorologist Lewis Ferris mentioned.
“It’s going to be moist, sodden devastation round there,” Ferris mentioned. “We’ve seen the worst of the storm now. We’ve simply obtained to get via at present.”
Hipkins mentioned the army was already on the bottom within the hardest-hit northern reaches of the North Island serving to with evacuations and conserving important provides shifting.
“I need to acknowledge the state of affairs New Zealanders have been waking as much as this morning,” Hipkins informed reporters. “Numerous households displaced. Numerous houses with out energy. In depth harm executed throughout the nation.”