The New Zealand government is announcing today that a number of foreign tourists have lost their way, for the second consecutive day in New Zealand because of the heavy rains.
New Zealand authorities said that about 200 tourists stranded in the Strait of "Milford Sound" due to heavy rains, will wait until tomorrow, Wednesday, until they are rescued.
The authorities stated that the visitors were unable to leave after the only road leading to one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country was badly damaged due to bad weather conditions.
200 tourists are stranded for a second day in New Zealand
And rescue operations are underway for 31 other people caught in a nearby shack struck by a landslide in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Angus McKay, observer for the Southland Emergency Department, said in a statement on Tuesday that while some people were lightly injured, tourists were safe and the priority was to rescue them and other tourists stranded in the region.
Milford Sound is a strait in the southwest of New Zealand's South Island, and is known for its tall peaks and cascading waterfalls.
A large number of tourists lost for a second day in New Zealand
Despite its remote location, about 120 km from its nearest town, Te Anau, it is one of the most visited sites in the country.
A state of emergency has been declared in the Milford area to allow concerned agencies to collect resources for the remote area.