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Off the coast of New Zealand into a powerful storm hit cruise liner. There are wounded

August 1 2008
06:51

Not far from New Zealand's violent storm. In an area with pumping caused by the seven-meter waves hit cruise ship «Pacific Ocean». Maritime drama played out in the area of New Zealand's North Island. There are victims.

Steam-ship returns to port in Sydney from 8-day voyage to the islands of the Pacific Ocean. On board are 1732 passengers and 671 crew members. According to the representative of the crew, as a result of pitching, injuries of various degrees to 42 passenger airliner. All of them were provided urgent medical care on board ship.

As a result of heavy rains and strong winds - in the New Zealand killed at least five people, more than 70,000 homes were without electricity. As reported by the police of the country, among the dead - three sailors, which the storm caught far from shore, the driver of the car and the man in whose house a fire.

According to meteorologists, the wind speed during the storm reached 130 kilometers per hour. Apparently, this was the strongest storm in a decade, notes AP.

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