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Remnants of Tropical Cyclone Gita Bring Heavy Rain, Flooding to New Zealand

Remnants of Tropical Cyclone Gita Bring Heavy Rain, Flooding to New Zealand

Of that $500,000 would be given as immediate relief to Tonga and another $500,000 would be allocated to it from the India-UN Development Partnership Fund (I-UNDPF), the UN Office of South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) announced Monday.

Most reported early Wednesday that the weather had not been as extreme as predicted, with the top of the South Island the worst-hit area.

Cyclones of that intensity can have gusts between 225 and 279 kilometres per hour.

A state of emergency has been declared in seven provinces including Taranaki, Nelson Tasman, Westland and Christchurch. "These will not reopen until the risk of flooding has gone".

The storm, which has pummeled Tonga and Fiji, is expected to enter New Zealand on Tuesday.

Mr Howard said: "This is not a good time to be trying to do this safely".

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Flooding and heavy winds from ex-cyclone Gita have swept through New Zealand orchards overnight, during the start of the season for key apple growing regions.

Residents are told to expect floods and winds of up to 150km/h (90mph). "Granity in particular has high seas predicted and along with high winds this is not a good situation for those in seafront properties".

She urged residents in low-lying areas to evacuate, saying: "We are expecting homes to be flooded".

Transport authorities shut a stretch of highway along the east coast of the South Island and the Department of Conservation was closing picturesque seaside hiking tracks and campsites along the West Coast and ushering tourists away from low-lying areas, media said.

On Feb. 20 the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite captured a visible light image of Ex-Tropical Cyclone Gita.

MetService meteorologist Peter Little said the impact of the storm was slowly easing.


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