First the rains came. Then the floods. Then the tweets. In late January 2014, Jakarta was inundated with heavy rain. So much rain fell that the region saw 16 inches more rainfall than normal for the month. Rivers rose and punctured their banks, spilling onto the streets of the Indonesian capital. Flood waters reached over 6 feet in some areas andMore
A round of heavy rain sent water tumbling over riverbanks on New Zealand’s north island on Monday.
The town of Grisborne on the island’s east coast got the worst of the floods, sitting at the confluence of three rivers (including the country’s shortest at just around three-quarters of a mile). Up to 5 inches of rain fell in the immediate vicinity with some of the hills to the west of town receiving 7.9 inches in 24 hours, according to Radio New Zealand.
Drone video published on Monday shows the aftermath of swollen rivers and flooding around the town. Twenty miles further northwest, the town of Te Karaka was isolated from the surrounding region as floods cut off the highway on both sides of town.
More rain is expected across the region and the eastern half of New Zealand as a whole for the first half of the week.