Residents Evacuated After Flooding Hits New Zealand's North Island

Torrential rainfall in Gisborne, New Zealand, on November 4 prompted local officials to declare a state of emergency in the area.

Local authorities said IRB boats were used to help evacuate residents from flooded homes in Gisborne as parts of the region received almost 200mm of rainfall over a 24-hour period.

Footage posted by Character Roofing Gisborne SLS SAR Squad shows flooded residential roads in Gisborne.

On Friday morning, Gisborne District Council said “saturated land” was giving way to landslides and that at risk residents were being evacuated.

By Friday afternoon, the state of emergency had been lifted as water levels dropped around the region. Credit: Character Roofing Gisborne SLS SAR Squad via Storyful

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