Cyclone Gabrielle- New Zealand, which is now dealing with the aftermath of Cyclone Gabrielle, which caused extensive floods and landslides in the country’s north and cut off specific communities, has indicated it is open to offers of international assistance.
After four days of violent winds and downpours, five deaths have been officially confirmed. Authorities claim that 100 people are missing, and 10,500 more have been forced to relocate. Chris Hipkins, the prime minister, cautioned New Zealanders on Thursday that recovery would be slow and that some places would take weeks to regain power. He also predicted that it would take even longer to clean up.
He declared, “This is a traumatic incident. “Restoring infrastructure as quickly as possible is a huge undertaking, but we must accept that the journey will be rocky.”
Hipkins added: “We are considering offers of international assistance” after first rejecting assistance from the United States and other nations.
The New Zealand Defense Force has sent out two sizable ships and a C-130 Hercules transport plane to carry personnel, several mobile water treatment units, and thousands of liters of water to the hardest-hit areas. Helicopters have also been deployed to carry supplies and rescue hundreds of people trapped on roofs.
After experts discovered damage to the final bridge connecting Napier’s 65,000 residents with the rest of the nation, the town was cut off again on Thursday. Residents in remote areas have been advised to limit their water use and not leave their houses unless “absolutely needed”.
When inhabitants venture outside, they slog through murky floodwaters in search of supplies or gather on the steps of a few buildings that still have WiFi to contact loved ones. According to Hipkins, the inability of people to get friends and relatives is a severe problem, and the government is striving to improve connectivity immediately.
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On Thursday, the finance minister, Grant Robertson, stated that the nation was financially equipped to cover reconstruction costs.
Two major storms have hit parts of New Zealand’s North Island in the past two weeks, home to around 75% of the country’s 5 million inhabitants. Last month, four people died in Auckland’s flash floods due to record rains.
Cyclone Gabrielle is still east of the country and is still moving away from the North Island, according to the meteorological service MetService. On the other hand, it warned that Hawke’s Bay and Tairawhiti might experience severe thunderstorm damage on Thursday.