A piece of monitoring software failed during last month's
flooding, leading to a delay of about three hours in
telephone warnings to landowners.
An elderly Auckland man who survived a Fiordland flood by
clinging to a rock for almost two days says he was never
frightened, but was concerned about how he could get to
The pump station on the Waipori River, which keeps more than
7000ha of the Taieri Plain dry, is to get a $1.1 million
refurbishment, including new pumps.
Police in Bolivia say a raging river has swept at least 30
people to their deaths after swamping a bus and a truck that
tried to cross.
Estimated costs for flood protection work on the Water of
Leith and Lindsay Creek have more than doubled to $53
million, latest figures released by the Otago Regional
Wild weather was last night lashing the upper North Island as
heavy rain and high tides combined to keep authorities and
residents on high alert for more coastal flooding.
The first of those killed in Toowoomba's appalling flash
flood will be buried today.
Disaster officials say heavy monsoon rains drenching the
eastern Philippines for two weeks have drowned seven more
people, pushing the death toll to 40 with seven missing.
Deadly floodwaters that have cut a swath across northeast
Australia seeped on to the streets of the nation's
third-largest city today, forcing people to flee both
suburbs and skyscrapers.
A New Zealand Civil Defence worker who is part of a team
helping residents of flood-stricken Queensland is overwhelmed
by the scale of the devastation and hopes waters subside so
he is able to help in the worst affected areas.
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