Cyclone Debbie, the strongest tropical cyclone in Australia since 2015, has abated, leaving a trail of destruction and massive flooding across the Eastern Australia and Northern New Zealand.
GeoScience Australia has requested for the international Disasters Charter, which was activated on 29 March 2017, to continue monitoring the situation in hopes of helping the region cope better with the flooding.
So far, the cyclone has claimed three lives and evacuated countless from their homes, with 30,000 evacuated from New South Wales alone. Major roads have been blocked and the Gold Coast, Australia’s most famous beach and a popular tourist attraction, is currently out of bounds.
The flood has just hit New Zealand’s North Island, where its most populous city Auckland and its capital Wellington are located. As of 1.50pm New Zealand time today (GMT+12), the Whanganui and Rangitike districts have already been declared in a State of Emergency. A cliff has collapsed and broken into pieces, and there have been several landslides across the island.
According to the New Zealand Met service, the worst of the weather will hit Auckland until 9pm today. The entire country continues to be on high alert.
There is a continuous stream of updates on the social media pages of Australian and New Zealand government agencies; as well as real-time satellite imagery on New Zealnd’s MetService website (http://www.metservice.com/)