Deadly storm in New Zealand

Deadly storm in New Zealand

Four fishermen were killed and another missing in the north of the North Island after a violent storm.

At least four people died when a fishing boat sank in New Zealand as severe storms swept the country on Monday, including flooding in Auckland, the largest city, officials said.

Four bodies have been recovered and one person missing after their boat sank Sunday evening in a storm off Northland, in the northern New Zealand archipelago, police said. Five survivors were taken to hospital.

Meteorological services said the storm moved south and reached Auckland, receiving 76.8 millimeters of rain in one hour, the city’s second-record rainfall at that time.

Highways were cut off by flooding, schools were closed and ferry lines were shut down by heavy rain.
Six thunderstorms headed south and were expected to reach Hamilton on Monday afternoon.

Meteorological services raised alerts while warning that “wet weather will continue for many this week as the deep low pressure system approaches to the west.”

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