/ 16 February 2023

Kiwi cyclone turns deadly


At least 4 people, including a child, have died in New Zealand in the dangerous conditions created by ex-tropical Cyclone Gabrielle. Emergency Management Minister Kieran McAnulty said volunteer firefighter Dave van Zwanenberg was found dead in the town of Muriwai, near Auckland. The remains of 3 others were recovered from the hard-hit Hawke’s Bay region. There are also concerns for 1,442 people who have been uncontactable – authorities expect to track down most of them, but there are grave concerns for some. The weather system moved away from the North Island yesterday, but the extent of the damage is still to be assessed, with at least 140,000 Kiwis without power and communications completely cut off in parts of the North. And if that wasn’t enough, a magnitude-6.1 earthquake struck the Lower North Island yesterday evening, with no damage or casualties reported. “I was looking out the window for a plague of locusts,” PM Chris Hipkins said. 

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