The most expensive bad weather: New Zealand calculated the cost of flooding in Auckland
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Four people have died as a result of floods and landslides that hit Auckland over the past three days during record-breaking downpours. A state of emergency has been declared in Auckland. Flights from Auckland airport cancelled.
“Auckland has suffered very significant damage,” – New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins told state television channel TVNZ on Monday.
The council declared 69 houses uninhabitable and banned people from entering them. Another 300 sites were declared endangered, and access to certain areas was limited for a short time.
The National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research, NIWA, said that Auckland has already recorded more than eight times the average January rainfall and 40% of the annual average rainfall.
$63 million for West Coast flooding, – New Zealand Insurance Council spokesman Christian Judge said.
Insurance Australia Group IAG's insurance divisions in New Zealand have already received more than 5,000 claims, and Suncorp Group said it has received about 3,000 Vero and AA claims.
will increase even more as the event continues to unfold and customers identify damage to their property”,– The IAG said in a statement.
Economists say rebuilding and rebuilding could add to inflationary pressures in New Zealand as vehicles and household items need to be replaced and the amount of construction work needed to repair or rebuild homes and flood-damaged infrastructure is on the rise.
The country's meteorological service predicts further heavy rains to hit the already soaked city late on Tuesday.
you need to prepare for this”,– Rachel Kelleher, dispatcher on duty at the Oakland Emergency Management, said at a press conference.
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