Deadly New Zealand flood crisis extends in country's north island

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SYDNEY, Jan 29 (Reuters) -New Zealand's deadly flood emergency continued on Sunday after heavy rainfall hit thecountry's north island, causinglandslides, flash floods andknocking out roads.

Auckland, New Zealand's largest city of 1.6 million people, remainedunder a state of emergency after it experienced its wettest ever day on Friday, sparking floods which killedthree people. Another person remained missing, police said on Sunday.

The focus of the emergency has since moved south, with Waitomo District - located about 220 kms (137 miles) from Auckland - declaring a state of emergency late onSaturday.

The nation's weather forecaster, MetService, warned of more severe weather on Sunday and Monday for the north island, including in Auckland where severe thunderstorms were possible. Intense rainfall could also cause surface and flash flooding, added MetService.

Climate change is causing episodes of heavy rainfall to become more common and more intense, though the impact varies by region. Climate Change MinisterJames Shaw noted the link to climate change on Saturday when he tweeted his support for those affected by flooding.

On Sunday, police said they were assisting with traffic management and road closures in that region after heavy rainfall "caused numerous slips, flooding anddamage to roads".

In nearby Bay of Plenty there was also "widespread flooding", police said, as well as a landslide that had knocked down a house and was threatening neighbouring properties.

"Police are asking those in areas experiencing severe weather to ... not attempt to travel on the roads, many of which are currently undriveable," police said.

In hard hitAuckland, flightsresumed at Auckland Airport, which had closed domestic and international operations on Friday.

Air New Zealand saidthe airline's international flights in and out of Auckland wouldresume from noon onSunday (2300 GMT on Saturday).

On Saturday, Prime Minister Chris Hipkins, less than a week in office, flew by helicopter over Auckland beforetouring flood-hit homes. He described the flood impact in the city as "unprecedented" in recent memory.

People made morethan 2,000 calls for assistance and 70 evacuations aroundAuckland - the nation's largest city - due to the inundation, the New Zealand Herald reported Saturday.

On Friday, social media showed firefighters, police and defence force staff rescuing peoplefrom flooded homes using ropes and rescue boats.

City rainfall records were broken in the weather event, caused by warm air descending from the tropics, with Auckland Airport logging 249 mm (9.8 inches) in the 24 hours to 9 a.m. on Saturday, beating the 1985 high of 161.8 mm.

Reporting by Sam McKeith; Editing by Josie Kao


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