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Tailwind of Cyclone Debbie wreaks havoc in New Zealand

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By Seamus Kearney
Tailwind of Cyclone Debbie wreaks havoc in New Zealand

<p>The tailwind of Cyclone Debbie is now causing havoc in New Zealand with widespread flooding and landslips.</p> <p>Thousands of people are being evacuated from their homes, including in the Eastern Bay of Plenty town of Edgecumbe in the North Island.</p> <p>Weather experts are calling it a once-in-500-years event.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Remains of Cyclone Debbie cause havoc in New Zealand with bad flooding. Wall of water: hundreds evacuate Edgecumbe <a href="https://t.co/6wzT0wBfUM">https://t.co/6wzT0wBfUM</a></p>— Seamus Kearney (@seamuskearney_) <a href="https://twitter.com/seamuskearney_/status/849902592452939776">April 6, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Almost all of the 1600 residents in the town have been forced to flee their homes in Edgecumbe.</p> <p>One man wading through the floodwaters told reporters: “We had to evacuate, house is totally flooded now. We’re not sure how bad it’s going to get. </p> <p>“I just got a frantic call from my partner to come home and my boss said hey look they’re closing Edgecumbe. </p> <p>“So I shot over the bridge and then we had a lot of help from these fellas over there in that river boat. Good fellas, they picked us up.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Images of flooding devastation in New Zealand <a href="https://t.co/LuPIeqIWgP">https://t.co/LuPIeqIWgP</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/nzherald"><code>nzherald</a></p>&mdash; Seamus Kearney (</code>seamuskearney_) <a href="https://twitter.com/seamuskearney_/status/849914868966842368">April 6, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Edgecumbe was the epicentre of a big quake in March 1987 which made the town more prone to flooding.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Evacuated town in New Zealand was epicentre of strong March 1987 quake, making it more prone to flooding <a href="https://t.co/bK1M53kWKg">https://t.co/bK1M53kWKg</a></p>— Seamus Kearney (@seamuskearney_) <a href="https://twitter.com/seamuskearney_/status/849903339299123200">April 6, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Many roads have been blocked by landslips across the North Island after two days of heavy rainfall.</p> <p>The remnants of Cyclone Debbie moved to New Zealand after pounding the Australian coast.</p>