The body of a woman is washed ashore on the banks of a flooded river after a massive flood

The older woman dies after being swept away by wild water as she tries to cross a flooded road on foot

  • The body of an older woman was found Wednesday morning near flood waters
  • She tried to cross flood water on foot but was wiped out of her car
  • The South Island of New Zealand is in a state of emergency and there are areas with floods

A woman died after being swept away by flood water on the South Island of New Zealand.

The body of the elderly resident was discovered in the Arahura Valley, north of Hokitika, at 9:19 am on Wednesday.

Police said the woman was traveling alone when she got out of her car and tried to cross a flooded road on foot.

The dead body of an elderly woman has been discovered near flooding waters on South Island New Zealand, in a state of emergency. The Waiho bridge (photo) was washed away on Tuesday

The dead body of an elderly woman has been discovered near flooding waters on South Island New Zealand, in a state of emergency. The Waiho bridge (photo) was washed away on Tuesday

Her body was restored in the neighborhood.

The west coast of South Island is in a state of emergency because heavy rain and storm winds continue to hit the coast.

Tasman District Senior Sergeant Peter Payne said: “Our thoughts are with the family in this sad time.”

& # 39; An initial scene investigation shows that the woman got out of the vehicle and tried to cross the flood water on foot, & # 39; he said.

BEFORE: Hokitika is known for its natural beauty and beautiful views, which are fully displayed when it is not submerged

BEFORE: Hokitika is known for its natural beauty and beautiful views, which are fully displayed when it is not submerged

BEFORE: Hokitika is known for its natural beauty and beautiful views, which are fully displayed when it is not submerged

NA: The small town of Hokitika on the South Island of New Zealand is flooded with closed roads, some people are evacuated and dangerous currents

NA: The small town of Hokitika on the South Island of New Zealand is flooded with closed roads, some people are evacuated and dangerous currents

NA: The small town of Hokitika on the South Island of New Zealand is flooded with closed roads, some people are evacuated and dangerous currents

& # 39; She has then been wiped away in the strong current of floods on Arahura Valley Road.

The investigation is ongoing and her death is referred to the coroner.

Hokitika, a city south of where the body was found, is flooded and highways are closed.

Since Sunday the weather has been squeezing the west coast of the South Island, causing the rivers to swell and the residents to evacuate their homes.

The Waiho bridge was washed away by rough, flooded water on Tuesday afternoon.

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