Cyclone Gabrielle has been an unprecedented weather event for New Zealand. The numbers behind it show just how bad the cyclone was.
(Numbers as of noon, February 24)
State of emergencies declared
7 local state of emergencies (Northland, Auckland, Tairāwhiti, Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Hawke’s Bay, Tararua District).
1 national state of emergency, for the third time in New Zealand history.
365 claims made to ACC.
This includes 2 people in Auckland, 8 in Hawke’s Bay and 1 in Gisborne.
23 people as of 9pm Thursday.
Red and yellow stickered properties
Auckland: 217 red, 282 yellow.
Gisborne: 9 red, 149 yellow.
Hastings: 78 red, 643 yellow.
Napier: 1 red, 101 yellow.
Central Hawke’s Bay: 1 red, 96 yellow.
Wairoa: 3 red, 151 yellow.
Red stickers mean entry is prohibited. Yellow stickers mean access is restricted.
10,000 people as an early estimate.
For scale, the 2011 Christchurch earthquake left around 16,000 people homeless and displaced.
More than 10,000 insurance claims have been lodged with IAG (New Zealand’s largest insurer) including 3603 in Auckland, 2064 in Hawke’s Bay and around 1000 each in Northland and Waikato.
Of those claims, 60% were for homes, 20% for contents, 10% for businesses and 10% for vehicles, boats and other items.
Donations from Stuff readers
$4 million and counting.
The funds will be distributed evenly between the Red Cross and Mayoral Relief Funds for the regions where a local state of emergency was declared.
$3.7m to Mayoral Relief Funds, including Northland ($500k), Auckland ($300k), Bay of Plenty ($200k), Waikato ($500k), Tairāwhiti ($1m), Hawke’s Bay ($1m), Tararua District ($150k) and Wairarapa ($75k).
$50m to help businesses and the primary sector.
$250m for assessing and fixing roads.
Help from overseas
Australia: 25 disaster experts.
Fiji: 33 military personnel.
Extra police officers deployed to Hawke’s Bay
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