Cyclone Gita in pictures: Tropical storm causes devestation in New Zealand Wed, February 21, 2018 Cyclone Gita update: Live pictures of the devastation in New Zealand as tropical storm hits.
In New Zealand's South Island, about 200 tourists were still trapped after spending the night in their buses or in welfare centres, Radio NZ reported.
Residents in low-lying areas had been urged to evacuate as security forces were deployed to areas most vulnerable to the expected 150 kph winds and torrential rains where trees, power lines and buildings could be damaged.
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"We are expecting homes to be flooded".
Some flights in and out of the capital Wellington and a number of other cities have been cancelled with authorities warning of heavy rain and gusts of up to 93mph.
"With the recent, severe storm damage West Coast residents have suffered, it's really important they do all they can to make their homes safe and weather-tight", said ICNZ.
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The cyclone had since been downgraded to a storm, but forecasters said it was still likely to wreak havoc on Tuesday evening as it traversed the centre of New Zealand.
Horse owners in New Zealand's South Island should prepare themselves for the worst as Cyclone Gita brings damaging winds and heavy rain to central New Zealand today and early tomorrow.
India has contributed United States dollars one million for the rehabilitation efforts in Tonga after the Tropical Cyclone Gita caused massive destruction in the Pacific island nation. The cyclone also hit Fiji, Samoa and American Samoa.
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