Convoy Serving in New Zealand in Wake of Cyclone Gabrielle
In February of 2023, Cyclone Gabrielle pounded New Zealand with heavy winds and rain, causing substantial damage and flooding. The country is still reeling in late March. Unfortunately, the cyclone exacerbated the flooding that had already hit New Zealand weeks before due to record rainfall.
People broke holes through their ceilings to escape the rising waters in their homes and were rescued from their rooftops. Houses and businesses were filled with water and mud, bridges were demolished, and roads have been washed away.
More than 10,000 people were displaced from their homes. The floods also caused damage to land. According to partners on the ground, some areas of impact are dealing with more than 6 feet of silt — a thick mud deposited by running water.
The floods greatly affected rural communities and farmers — some losing their homes and source of income. Flood waters damaged crops, eroded soil, and killed livestock as debris contaminated fields. All of this has created long-term problems for farmers in the impact area.
Convoy of Hope is working with partners on the ground to identify the needs of affected communities. This ensures that relief is delivered effectively and efficiently. Convoy has partnered with different churches and organizations to provide food, water, fuel, and shelter, and teams have assisted in cleanup and rebuilding efforts.
Amid a time of devastation and loss, Convoy of Hope is there to assist communities as needed and to provide relief supplies to vulnerable people.