New Zealand - emergency declared, hundreds of people evacuated due to floods in the Marlborough region

New Zealand - emergency declared, hundreds of people evacuated due to floods in the Marlborough region
New Zealand - emergency declared, hundreds of people evacuated due to floods in the Marlborough region
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Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes following severe flooding in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. A state of emergency has been declared in Marlborough County.

In some areas of the region, more than 300 mm of precipitation fell in 48 hours until July 18, 2021. In Onamalutu on July 17, 212 mm of precipitation fell in 24 hours. In the Tunakino valley, 103.5 mm fell over the previous day.

River water levels jumped and officials said it was the largest flood ever recorded in the region. On July 17, the Wairau River at Barnets Bank reached 8,946 meters, and the peak flow rate was 6040 cubic meters per second.

Deputy Mayor Nadine Taylor said: “Our coastal network has held up very well given that this is the largest flood in history - a much larger event than the previous largest in 1983. Since 1983, the Council has invested heavily in flood protection works and it became a test of the quality of this work. We kept everyone safe and that was our top priority."