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New Zealand hit by deadly twister

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New Zealand hit by deadly twister


New Zealand authorities have said one person was killed and at least 14 people were wounded when a tornado struck the city of Auckland.

Officials said earlier on Tuesday that two people had died.

The twister struck the city’s northern suburb of Albany at 5:00 CET on Tuesday – the middle of the afternoon local time.

It left a five kilometre trail of destruction and seriously damaged a shopping centre.

“It’s been a very powerful and quite devastating tornado that’s caused a significant amount of damage in a very localised area,” Prime Minister John Key told media. He said the government had told local authorities it would do all it could to help.

New Zealand is hit by some 20 tornadoes every year, although fatalities are rare.

The worst tornado struck the city of Hamilton in 1948, killing three people and injuring 80.

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