Cyclone Gabrielle leaves trail of destruction in New Zealand's east coast

New Zealand started to assess the damage in the wake of Cyclone Gabrielle on Wednesday, as residents grappled with significant devastation caused by flooding, landslides and high winds that displaced thousands from their homes.

Two people have been confirmed dead in Hawke's Bay, a region on the eastern coast of the North Island. Authorities estimate more than 10,000 people have been displaced so far.

Meanwhile, rivers in Hawke's Bay continue to pose risks and the local emergency management ordered further evacuations early on Wednesday. Electricity is out for around 225,000 customers across the island, hampering clean up.

Gabrielle, which reached New Zealand on Sunday before making its way down the east coast of the North Island, cut off entire towns, washed away farms, bridges and livestock, and inundated homes, stranding people on roof tops.

(Source: Reuters) 

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