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3 dead as torrential rain pounds New Zealand's largest city Auckland

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Three people have died and at least one was missing after record levels of rainfall pounded New Zealand's largest city Auckland, causing widespread disruption.

Torrential rain triggered landslides and closed highways. Hundreds of people were stranded at Auckland Airport overnight after the airport stopped all flights and parts of the terminal were flooded.

Prime Minister Chris Hipkins flew to Auckland on a military plane after a state of emergency was declared in the region, as reported by news agency AP.

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"Our priority is to ensure that Aucklanders are safe, that they're housed and that they have access to the essential services that they need," Hipkins said.

Friday was the wettest day ever recorded in Auckland, according to weather agencies, as the amount of rain that would typically fall over the entire summer hit in a single day. On Friday evening, more than 15 centimeters (6 inches) of rain fell in just three hours in some places.

One body was found in a flooded culvert and another in a flooded carpark. The third body was found by fire and emergency crews after a landslide brought down a house in the suburb of Remuera. 

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Video posted online showed chest-deep water in some places.

Lawmaker Ricardo Menéndez posted a video of water surging into houses. "We've just had to evacuate our home as the water was already rising rapidly and coming in aggressively," he tweeted.

Hipkins said power had been restored to most places, although about 3,500 homes remained without electricity.

The storm also caused an Elton John concert to be canceled just before it was due to start Friday night. A second concert by John that was planned at the stadium on Saturday night was also canceled.

About 40,000 people were expected to attend each concert at Mt Smart Stadium. Thousands were already at the venue Friday night when organizers decided to cancel not long before John was due to take the stage at 7:30 p.m.

(With inputs from AP, Reuters)

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