State of emergency declared in New Zealand as Cyclone Gabrielle batters islands

A seaboat carries a rescued sailor taken from his stricken yacht off New Zealand's North Island. Photo: New Zealand Defence Force

Stuti Mishra©

A national emergency has been declared in New Zealand to tackle the devastation wrought by Cyclone Gabrielle, which prime minister Chris Hipkins said was the most significant weather event the country has seen “this century”.

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