WELLINGTON – Due to a severe storm in parts of New Zealand the state of emergency was declared. The cyclone Gita swept Tuesday evening (local time) on the south Island. In many places were trees and power pylons. Tens of thousands of people are without power.
The airline Air New Zealand canceled all flights at the airport of the capital city Wellington. Schools and several roads on the south Island are as a precaution closed. Due to the heavy rainfall and walked the streets in Christchurch under, yet for Gita to the country had come. Residents of low-lying areas were advised another to safety.
The state of emergency is in force in Christchurch, the second largest city of the country, located on the south Island. In total, seven districts affected. According to the authorities, the exact extent of the damage until Wednesday morning known.
Gita screamed earlier, with wind speeds up to 275 kilometers per hour, eilandenstaten in the Pacific Ocean, where the cyclone, especially in Tonga and a lot of damage to his lords. The hurricane has been toned up a storm.