Thousands Evacuate New Zealand’s South Island after Severe Flooding

Residents Were Advised to Grab Medication and Clothing and Move to Higher Grounds

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Thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes in New Zealand’s South Island after severe flooding hit the region.

Wednesday’s flooding also left hundreds of tourists stranded at the remote Milford Sound.

A state of emergency has since been declared in the Southland region after the area was hit by rainfall that poured for more than 60 hours.

The rainfall triggered landslides. Several roads were rendered impassable after rivers burst its banks.

The authorities urged residents in the low-lying areas of Gore and Mataura to evacuate. They were advised to grab enough clothing and medication and move to higher grounds.