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Mon May 31, 2021, 08:35 AM

Hundreds evacuated, some by chopper, from New Zealand floods

Source: AP

By NICK PERRY

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Several hundred people in New Zealand were evacuated from their homes Monday with some recounting dramatic helicopter rescues as heavy rain caused widespread flooding in the Canterbury region.

Authorities declared a state of emergency after some places received as much as 40 centimeters (16 inches) of rain over the weekend and into Monday. Forecasters warned of possible heavy rain through Monday evening before conditions improved.

The military helped evacuate more than 50 people including several overnight in an NH-90 military helicopter.

One man was clinging to a tree near the town of Darfield when he jumped into floodwaters and tried to swim to safety but was swept away, the military said.



A member of the New Zealand Defense Force rescues a dog from floods as they assist a family with their evacuation near Ashburton in New Zealand's South Island, Sunday May 30, 2021. Several hundred people in New Zealand were evacuated from their homes Monday, May 31, 2021 as heavy rainfall caused flooding in the Canterbury region. (Corp. Sean Spivey/NZDF via AP)


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Mon May 31, 2021, 11:45 AM

1. rising oceans?

It seems so...

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Response to llashram (Reply #1)

Mon May 31, 2021, 12:58 PM

2. 16 inches of rain will do it

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