NZ’s resilience being tested 'like never before', PM Chris Hipkins says
Cyclone Gabrielle’s death toll remains at 11, more expected
3215 people still unaccounted for
28,000 people without power
800 people have been moved into temporary accommodation
Police have arrested 42 people in Hawke's Bay and 17 in Tairāwhiti area
NZ accepted an offer of support from Fiji, with 18 people adding to the 27-person Australian team
New Zealand’s resilience is being tested like never before, Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said on Sunday, as some areas remain cut off, fresh water is in short supply in areas and 28,000 people are without power.
“Lives have been turned upside down,” he said. “Many people have seen their homes and all of their positions completely destroyed. Countless others have been displaced.”
“Tragically, so far 11 people have lost their lives and more fatalities remain possible.”
Asked about speculation around the death toll, Hipkins said police were “not sitting on significant information around a large number of deaths”.
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