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Sharma: Fijians Safe In Auckland Storm

Sharma: Fijians Safe In Auckland Storm
Mangere East Suburb in Auckland was without power overnight, but it was restored by midday yesterday. Photo: Mere Maka
April 12
12:44 2018

 

There are no reports of Fijians living in Auckland, New Zealand, being injured or killed by a powerful storm that lashed the North island on Tuesday.

With hurricane-force gusts and heavy rain, the storm left more than 100,000 households in Auckland without power. Widespread gusts of 120 kilometres per hour brought down trees, removed roofs and knocked down power poles in the city of 1.3 million inhabitants.

Fijian resident in Papatoetoe, Auckland, Avilash Sharma, said they felt strong winds and heavy rain on Tuesday night.

“The weather was really bad last night (Tuesday) and we just prayed that everything could get better,” Mr Sharma said.

“We were glad that were no major damage or any casualties reported so far as per the New Zealand media reports.”

The storm had moved up the country, bringing high winds and tornadoes, thunderstorms and lightning strikes, and heavy rain to the North island while the South island experienced heavy snowfalls.

Another resident, Mere Maka, 30, of Mangere East in Auckland, said they were without power overnight but it was restored by midday yesterday.

“The heavy rains and winds had affected us a lot but thank God no lives were lost,” Ms Maka said.

“As of this afternoon, some parts of Auckland were still without power, but the weather had improved during the day.”

Schools were also closed and Air New Zealand had warned the public to avoid travelling, if they could.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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