Floods swamped a new area of Thailand's capital on Wednesday
as some shops rationed food and Bangkok's governor warned of
"massive water" on the way that could put many parts of the
sprawling city in danger by the end of the week.
Torrential rains lashed Italy from its northern Alps to the
southern island of Sicily, causing flash floods that killed
at least nine people and left six others missing, authorities
Heavy rain is continuing to lash parts of the North Island
after roads were closed and families forced to flee their
homes in the upper South Island overnight.
Rivers and floodwaters are receding in the upper South Island
after heavy rain overnight closed roads and forced families
near Nelson to evacuate their homes.
Farmers are on high alert and children have been sent home
from a local school as the Tasman District braces for
Heavy rain and flooding have prompted "boil-water" notices
for half of the Central Otago district's town water supplies,
and has also caused problems in South Otago.
Heavy criticism of the Otago Regional Council's Taieri flood
and drainage review has led Cr Duncan Butcher to defend the
council's position during annual plan hearings yesterday.
Opposition to the Otago Regional Council's proposed Taieri
flood and drainage rating review is mounting, with nearly all
the submissions to its annual plan on the subject against the
Concerns from the Mosgiel community about potential flood
risks to low-lying areas around Quarry Creek at East Taieri
will be investigated by both the city and regional councils.
A piece of monitoring software failed during last month's
flooding, leading to a delay of about three hours in
telephone warnings to landowners.
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