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Government allocates additional $500,000 for Wairoa’s flood recovery efforts

The Wairoa community is set to receive an additional $500,000 from the government to aid in recovery after devastating floods last week. The Wairoa River...

Wairoa faces $40 million flood damage bill

Wairoa is grappling with the aftermath of devastating flooding that has caused damage estimated at over $40 million. Approximately 500 properties were inundated following heavy...

Emergency support for East Coast flooding

Civil Defence payments are now available for people affected by the severe weather in Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti to help cover some emergency costs,...

Wairoa remains under State of Emergency

A state of emergency continues in Wairoa, Hawke's Bay, following severe rain and winds that battered the East Coast. On Wednesday, 400 properties, including 100...

Emergency declared in East Coast as torrential rain forces evacuations and flooding

A state of emergency has been declared in Wairoa, Haumoana, and Heretaunga due to heavy rains, resulting in the evacuation of 200 homes overnight. The...

Severe storm leaves thousands without power across upper North Island

A powerful storm overnight swept through the upper North Island, causing significant disruptions and leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Auckland and Hamilton...

Landslide in PNG: A miraculous survival story amidst catastrophe

In the small village of Kaolokam in Enga Province, Papua New Guinea, a devastating landslide has left at least 500 people feared buried under...

Nationwide emergency alert test conducted

A comprehensive test of New Zealand's Emergency Mobile Alert system was executed nationwide on Sunday evening, as confirmed by the National Emergency Management Agency...

Release of North Island Severe Weather Event Inquiry

Emergency Management and Recovery Minister Mark Mitchell has today released the Report of the Government Inquiry into the response to the North Island Severe...

Government commits $20m to Westport flood protection

The Government has announced that $20 million in funding will be made available to Westport to fund much needed flood protection around the town. This...

Watch: Magnitude 7.2 earthquake strikes Taiwan

The island was hit by the strongest tremors in 25 years, its chief seismologist said. A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck off the eastern coast of...

Napier faces 23.7% rates surge to fund cyclone recovery and infrastructure

Homeowners in Napier are bracing for a substantial 23.7% increase in their rates this year, in a move made by the Napier City Council...

Ghoulish grandstanding amid genuine grief

This investigation explores the machinations of what might lie beneath the Christchurch and Kaikōura earthquakes. A detectable ghoulish signalling of a group game was encoded...

Cyclone Gabrielle cookbook ‘The Dinner Club’ becomes victim of cancel culture

Wardini Books in Hawke’s Bay has decided to stop selling 'The Dinner Club', a cookbook by Jane Morgan designed to support Cyclone Gabrielle relief...

Port Hills fire containment hampered by drones

Helicopters combating a wildfire in Port Hills were forced to halt operations on Sunday due to a private drone flying in the area. The drone...

Port Hills fire update

The Port Hills fire has been contained within a 24km perimeter and firefighters are making strenuous efforts to strengthen containment lines before the onset...

Port Hills fire update

Firefighters, helicopters and heavy machinery will continue work to bring a fire at Christchurch’s Port Hills under control this morning. This morning 23 appliances, 15...

Scores buried following landslide in China

The large landslide took place in Zhaotong city in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan. At least 47 people have been buried. The incident occurred...

Police warn people to leave riverbed of the Waimakariri River

A large volume of water is moving down the Waimakariri River carrying logs and debris following the rainfall on the West Coast. Anyone swimming or...

Canterbury fires update – Swannanoa

Firefighting will continue until dark at the Swannanoa vegetation fire, which is burning over an estimated 12 hectares in and around the Waimakariri riverbed...

Canterbury fires update

Firefighters continue to work to extinguish two large vegetation fires in North Canterbury today. Loburn Overnight approximately 17 firefighters at Loburn monitored and dampened down hotspots...

North Canterbury fires update

Fire near Loburn in North Canterbury is about 10 hectares in size. Three homes and a church have been destroyed in the blaze. Firefighting efforts...

Japan records total of 29 earthquakes in 2 hours

A total of 29 earthquakes with a maximum magnitude of 7.6 occurred in the Japanese prefectures of Ishikawa and Niigata in two hours on...

Financial support for more homeowners displaced by extreme weather events

The Government will extend financial support to more displaced homeowners affected by the severe weather events in late 2022 and early 2023, Social Development...

Australia experiences extreme rain and flooding following Cyclone Jasper

On Sunday, the Australian state of Queensland experienced intense flooding following bouts of heavy rain produced by ex-Tropical Cyclone Jasper. The near-record rainfall has...

State of emergency declared in the Seychelles

An explosion and flooding have forced the government of the Seychelles to take measures. Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan has declared a state of emergency after...

Ministers visit Hawke’s Bay to grasp recovery needs

Prime Minister Christopher Luxon joined Cyclone Recovery Minister Mark Mitchell and Transport and Local Government Minister Simeon Brown, to meet leaders of cyclone and...

Europe’s biggest volcano erupts

A temporary ‘red alert’ for flights was issued after activity at Mount Etna in Italy. Europe’s tallest active volcano, Mount Etna, has erupted once again,...

Iceland declares emergency over volcanic eruption threat

An entire town in Iceland has been evacuated due to a magma tunnel lying beneath it, and the risk of a fissure opening up. Iceland...

Over 120 people killed by earthquake in Nepal

The death toll is rising after a 6.4-magnitude quake struck the Himalayan country late Friday. At least 128 people were killed and over 140 others...

Afghanistan earthquake death toll nears 2,500 – media

Due to a lack of equipment, locals and rescuers are digging with their bare hands in search of survivors and bodies, Xinhua reports. The death...

Watch: Emergency declared over New York flooding

New York City, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley have seen train lines shut down and highways flooded after overnight deluge. Sudden, heavy rain in...

Moroccan earthquake death toll reaches 1,300

Most damage occurred in the countryside, but tremors were felt in several large cities, including Rabat and Marrakesh. The death toll from the earthquake that...

296 dead after powerful earthquake strikes Morocco

The tremors were felt in several large cities, including Rabat and Marrakesh. At least 296 people were killed in the earthquake that struck Morocco on...

Auckland Boards back locally-led emergency response

Local boards in the south of the city are calling for co-ordinated emergency responses that include local input to make the most of knowledge...

People trapped in cars as flooding hits southern Germany

Heavy rain also caused power and gas supply outages in parts of Nuremberg. Heavy rain paralyzed traffic in the German city of Nuremberg on Thursday,...

Maui officials slammed over wildfire response

The island’s Emergency Management Agency was also questioned over its failure to activate warning sirens. Hawaiian authorities delayed the release of water to Maui residents...

Watch: College building collapses amid torrential rains in northern India

Dozens of people are have been reported dead as incessant downpours pound the hilly states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Fatalities continue to mount in...

Watch: Sandstorm turns sky over Marrakesh blood red

The storm caused significant damage and left one person dead. A sandstorm swept through the Moroccan capital on Thursday, bringing businesses to a standstill and...

Watch: Death toll in Hawaii inferno rises to 53

Governor Josh Green said the island state “will continue to see loss of life” as firefighters struggle to contain wildfires. Police in the US state...

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