Cyclone Gabrielle: The New Zealand flood victims too scared to go home

Cyclone Gabrielle: The New Zealand flood victims too scared to go home

Mar 19, 2023 by BBC News - Asia

Key Facts

  • Many of the victims of New Zealand's recent floods lost all of their possessions in the disaster and believe the area their homes are built
  • The damage caused by the cyclone is forecast to cost NZD$13.5bn ($8.4bn; £6.9bn), similar to the financial impact of the Christchurch earthquake in 2011 - the costliest natural disaster in New Zealand's?history.??Last month's event prompted a nationwide state of emergency that only ended on Tuesday.
  • This is a climate change-related event Speaking to the BBC, Mr Shaw said that while many homeowners have taken out a "total replacement" insurance policy, which compensates them if their house is destroyed or made uninhabitable, it only covers the cost of the property - not the value of the land it's built on.
  • Image source, Reuters Image caption, Tens of thousands of homes are now thought to be at risk in New Zealand Alongside a group of dozens of Auckland flood victims, Morgan has launched a campaign calling on the government to buy out their homes and turn the high-risk areas into parks or nature reserves.

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