Flooded New Zealand braces for more rain
New Zealand authorities on Monday urged residents in Auckland to stay home if possible ahead of a major rainstorm forecast to hit Tuesday. Auckland officials declared a state of emergency after the city experienced significant flooding. The city this month has received more than 38 percent of its average annual rainfall, according to New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.
How much damage has the storms caused? At least four people have died as a result of flooding and roads are closed across the country’s upper North Island. All Auckland schools will remain closed until February 7, and about 350 people need emergency shelter.
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