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A state of emergency has been declared in Auckland, New Zealand after record rain caused widespread flooding on 27 January 2023.
“It only took a half-day to beat the previous daily rainfall record,” the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research said.
Prime Minister of New Zealand, Chris Hipkins, said in a statement, “I’m pleased an emergency declaration has been made due to flooding in Auckland tonight. All relevant govt agencies are working flat out to help in an extraordinary set of circumstances. The emergency response is underway and the Government is ready to assist as needed.”
Major roads have been blocked by flooding, landslips or stranded vehicles, causing severe traffic disruption across the Auckland Region. Auckland Airport’s international terminal has been closed due to flooding.
Michael Wood, Minister of Transport, said it is a “very trying night for many Aucklanders. In my patch, this is the worst flooding I have ever seen and more may come overnight.”
Emergency services have been placed under huge demand. Auckland Fire and Emergency said that every fire truck in Auckland is responding to the priority calls. The service received over 1,000 calls for assistance, with many calls related to flooded properties.
Homes were flooded in areas of West Auckland, prompting evacuations. Auckland Emergency Management (AEM) said it has opened a Civil Defence Centre in Kelston for those displaced. Local media reported one house was swept off its foundations in Ranui with one person suspected to be trapped inside.
In a separate incident, Auckland City District Police reported a body was located in Wairau Valley in Auckland’s North Shore, an area that has seen significant flooding. As of 27 January, police could not confirm if the incident was related to the weather event.