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New Zealand: 100 hikers cut off after deluge destroys roads and sparks landslides

New Zealand: 100 hikers cut off after deluge destroys roads



Two hikers injured by landslide as helicopters ferry those stranded to nearby town in South IslandAbout 100 hikers are being rescued by helicopter after becoming stranded overnight on popular bush tracks in New Zealand’s South Island when a month’s rainfall in a single day washed out roads and bridges and caused flooding and landslides.Eight helicopters and waiting buses ferried the hikers stuck in shelters in Fiordland – and about 70 drivers trapped on the Milford Road – to safety in the town of Te Anau. Two of the hikers were injured when the hut they were sheltering in was hit by a landslide. Continue reading…



Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/04/new-zealand-100-hikers-cut-off-after-deluge-destroys-roads-and-sparks-landslides

Author : Charlotte Graham-McLay in Wellington

Publish date : 2020-02-04 02:27:06

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