Districts in South Island, have declared a state of emergency as Cyclone Gita hits New Zealand. Dozens of schools have been shut and roads closed on the South Island as the storm made landfall this Tuesday.
All flights have been cancelled in the state capital, Wellington and residents have been told to expect floods and winds of up to 150km/h (90mph)..
Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel predicted that, “The full impact of the storm will be felt overnight and tomorrow morning.”
She urged residents in low-lying areas to evacuate, saying: “We are expecting homes to be flooded.”
Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern has also weighed in on the casualty, assuring that troops had been sent out to areas that were likely to be hardest hit by the storm. She added that the national Civil Defence office in Wellington was also on standby.