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Cyclone Gabrielle: New Zealand declares national emergency, thousands of homes without power

  Wilmington: New Zealand has declared a national emergency due to flooding, landslides and rising sea levels caused by Cyclone Gabriel. This is the third time in the country's history that emergency has been declared. Due to the storm, people are forced to evacuate their houses and take shelter on the roofs. According to estimates, the power supply of about 2 lakh 25 thousand people has been disrupted. Damage across the country After declaring the state of emergency, Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said it had been a difficult night for New Zealanders. Especially for the upper regions of the north. Many families have to leave their places. Many houses do not have electricity. There has been widespread damage across the country. At 3pm local time, Cyclone Gabriel was about 160 kilometers from Auckland near the coast of the country's North Island. It is expected to move north-east. It is expected to grow parallel to the coastal area. The weather may be worse A weather warning has been issued for the east coast of the North Island and the upper South Island. Disaster Management Minister Karen McNulty says New Zealand is currently facing the worst of the storm, so more rain and winds are likely. The country is facing massive floods, landslides and massive damage to roads and infrastructure. Power companies across the country are reporting damage to sub-stations and power networks.