Chaos in New Zealand’s largest city
Auckland under water – even airport flooded
A heavy rain wave causes chaos in New Zealand. In the largest city of Auckland, there is a power outage and even the airport is under water.
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Auckland is under water. Photo: Hayden Woodward/New Zealand Herald/AP/dpa
After massive rainfall in the middle of the New Zealand summer, large parts of the largest city of Auckland are under water. The citizens of the metropolis on the North Island with 1.6 million inhabitants were asked by civil defense to get to safety.
The National Research Institute NIWA said that in some areas of the city, 80 percent of the rainfall that is otherwise measured all summer fell within 15 hours. The suburbs of Kumeu and Albany were particularly hard hit.
Airport flooded too
“It’s possible that parts of Auckland will experience as much rain in a single day as they otherwise would for an entire summer,” NIWA tweeted. The fire brigade used kayaks and jet skis to rescue people from their homes. A planned Elton John concert at Mount Smart Stadium, to which 40,000 fans wanted to come, was canceled for security reasons.
Numerous roads were closed. There was a power outage in parts of Auckland. Airport terminals were also flooded, as videos on social media show.
Green politician Golriz Ghahraman tweeted that the scenes that took place in the flooded areas were “terrifying” and emphasized: “This is what we will see again and again around the world because of the climate crisis until we see it in politics and take it seriously in our actions.” Mayor Wayne Brown told Radio New Zealand: “The rain has to stop, that’s the main problem.”