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10:20 Evacuations in Southland

People evacuated from the Southland towns of Mataura and Wyndham have not been allowed to return home tonight, because the flood risk is still too high.

The Government has declared the flooding in Southland and Otago an adverse event, opening the way for extra support to be offered to farmers and growers.

RNZ's Southland reporter Tim Brown speaks with Bryan Crump about the impact of the flooding on the region.

Flooding around a property in Southland.

Flooding around a property in Southland. Photo: RNZ / Katie Todd

10:30 Evacuees from Wuhan land in Auckland  

Evacuated passengers from Wuhan are being quarantined at a military base north of Auckland after landing at Auckland Airport  tonight.

There were 193 people on board the Air New Zealand flight from Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak including 23 Australian nationals.
Bryan speaks with RNZ News reporter MacKenzie Smith who was at Auckland Airport when the Ministry of Health announced the plane's arrival.

Air NZ Wuhan evacuation flight lands in Auckland

Air NZ Wuhan evacuation flight lands in Auckland Photo: RNZ / YouTube

10.35 The Black Caps vs India

Tonight, the Black Caps are playing India in Hamilton in the first one-day cricket international in Hamilton.

At first India was piling on the runs against New Zealand after they were sent in to bat after losing the toss.

RNZ Sport's Clay Wilson gives a recap and an update as the Black Caps stay in the game.

India's Mayank Agarwal.
New Zealand Black Caps v India. 1st One Day International cricket match. Seddon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand. Wednesday 5 February 2020. © Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga /

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