Hundreds of people have been evacuated, and more faces are forced to leave their homes in the area of Canterbury, New Zealand, as heavy rains increase the surface of the water and cause widespread flooding.
Stated the emergency for the entire Canterbury region. At least 300 houses were evacuated overnight because the water level rose in the river in the entire area in the “one-in-100-year”, the local media report said on Monday.
Some highways, schools, and offices were closed, and the New Zealand defense forces mobilized helicopters to save some people stranded in flood in the Ashburton area. The Mayor of Ashburton, Neil Brown, said “Half of Ashburton” needs to be evacuated if the river embankment broke, but there was a “little capacity” on the river.
“We need it to stop going down to let the rivers fall,” said Brown.
The New Zealand military helped to evacuate more than 50 people, including a few nights in the NH-90 military helicopter.
A man holds on to a tree near the city of Darfield when he jumps to the flood. And it tries to swim to a safe but swept away, the military said.
The helicopter crew explores water for 30 minutes before finding the man and pulling it for salvation. Military helicopters also saved the elderly partner from the roof of their cars.
A civilian helicopter pilot saved another man on Sunday after he was swept from his farm when he tried to move his stock to a safe place.
Paul Adams told the news of the news website he thought he was hit by a water wall he had not seen. He swept the Ashburton river, which went berserk before dragging himself to the fence and then becoming a tree. Other farmers see the headlamp and regulate the rescue mission.
“The rescue is fantastic,” Adams said about things, added that he was now back to his farm and “good like gold”. He said that so far, he only found around 100 of his flocks from 250 live animals.
Metservice New Zealand has issued a red warning on Sundays for heavy rain for Canterbury and various warnings elsewhere. Some places accept 40 centimeters of rain during the weekend and become Monday. Weather forecasters warned that the possibility of heavy rain until Monday night before conditions increased.
The government announced NZ $ 100,000 (£ 51,000) towards the Mayor’s assistance fund to support the Canterbury community affected by the flood, Kris Faafoi, the Acting Minister for emergency management, said in a statement.
“Even though it’s still very early to find out the full cost of damage, we hope it becomes significant and this initial contribution will help the community start to stand up,” Faafoi said.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern planned to travel to Christchurch later on Monday to complain about the first situation.
Paul Adams tells the things of the news organization. He thought a water wall hit him he didn’t see coming. He swept the Ashburton river, which went berserk before dragging himself to the fence and then becoming a tree. Other farmers see the headlamp and regulate the rescue mission.
“His savior is fantastic,” said Mr. Adams, adding that he is now back to his farm and “good as gold.” He said that so far, he only found around 100 of his flocks from 250 live animals.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who visited New Zealand, told reporters that he thought of those trapped in flood.
“Australia is no stranger to flooding,” said PM Morrison. “Or fires, or cyclones, or, indeed, even the mouse plague. We have, both countries, experience a large number of challenges over the past few years.”
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern makes his plans to travel to Christ church then Monday to complain about the situation directly.