Saturday, May 25, 2024

AEM responds to isolated cyclone-hit communities

Auckland Emergency Management (AEM) says its continued response to Cyclone Gabrielle is now focused on communities left isolated by floods and landslips.  

“While the weather here in Auckland has improved in recent days, we are still not completely out of the woods,” says AEM Deputy Controller, Rachel Kelleher.  

“Land, particularly around western beach communities, continues to be unstable.  

“We urge people to remain vigilant. Have a plan and be ready to leave quickly if you need to, particularly if you are in an area prone to slips.”

She said AEM teams were focused on isolated communities such as Piha, Karekare, Te Henga Bethells Beach and Muriwai.   

“Yesterday afternoon, 12 tonnes of supplies were delivered by air and ground into Karekare and Piha. This included water, food, baby and sanitary items, medicine, a generator for Karekare, portable toilets and a satellite phone.”

“Today, we are working to get essential supplies into families isolated at Kaipara Flats, and Bethells and to properties in other parts of Auckland. We are also taking additional water into Muriwai. 

 “This is a very fluid situation. If you need help, please call Auckland Emergency Management on 0800 22 22 00. If your life is in danger, call 111,” said Ms Kelleher.  

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