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New Zealand flood
Credit: Higgins Storm Chasing

The NASA Disasters Program is assisting New Zealand authorities to respond to flooding resulting from Tropical Cyclones Debbie and Cook. On April 6, 2017, New Zealand declared a state of local emergency for the Whakatane region as a result of rains from Debbie. The region was expanded on April 11, 2017 to include the greater East Bay of Plenty region as impending rains from Cook will further stress local water systems. To date, 2,000 people have been evacuated.

NASA Disasters will furnish stream flow and inundation predictions and flood maps generated from synthetic aperture radar data from ESA’s Sentinel-1 mission.