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February 5, 2020 | Via Al Jazeera

Thousands Flee Severe Flooding in New Zealand

Severe flooding forced thousands of residents in New Zealand’s South Island to flee their homes on Wednesday and left hundreds of tourists stranded at the remote Milford Sound. The Southland region declared a state of emergency after being deluged with more than 1,000 millimeters (39 inches) of rainfall in 60 hours, triggering landslides on large roads and causing rivers to burst their banks.

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