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    New Zealand’s military has been called in to help evacuate hundreds of people caught in flooding in the country’s South Island.

    A state of emergency has been declared in the Canterbury region that surrounds the city of Christchurch. As much as 40 centimeters of rain has fallen in the area over the last two days.

    Meteorologists say that in some areas, that’s more than the entire rainfall so far this year.

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    New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It consists of two main landmasses—the North Island and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands, covering a total area of 268,021 square kilometres.

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