New Zealand declares national emergency after Cyclone Gabrielle lashes North Island

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New Zealand government The New Zealand government has declared a national emergency after Cyclone Gabrielle hit the North Island.

An overview of the news

  • Cyclone Gabrielle causes widespread flooding, landslides and huge ocean swells across the North Island.

  • This is an unprecedented weather event that is having widespread impacts across much of the North Island.

  • Gabriel appeared over some small islands about 100 km north-east of Auckland, but is now moving south-west.

National State of Emergency in New Zealand

  • A national state of emergency has been declared in New Zealand on two previous occasions – the first in 2011 after a magnitude 6.3 earthquake in Christchurch and the second in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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