Torrential rains caused widespread flooding in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city on Friday, leading to a body being found and an Elton John concert being cancelled just before it was due to start.
A state of emergency was declared in the city, with the worst-affected residents urged to evacuate.
Videos on social media painted a picture of a city overcome by high floodwaters, with rescues carried out by kayaks and boats.
Auckland Emergency Management said northern, northwestern and western areas of Auckland were left significantly affected, with conditions expected to worsen.
Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand, recently witnessed torrential rains causing significant flooding across several areas.
The flooding has caused widespread disruption all over the city, with motorways blocked, airports closed, and residents forced to evacuate their homes.
An Elton John concert that was supposed to take place with 40,000 attendees had to be canceled due to the unsafe weather conditions.
The authorities have declared a state of emergency that will offer emergency services more resources and powers to respond to the catastrophe.
There were reports of a body being found on the city's north shore, though the cause of death is still unclear.
Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said that all relevant government agencies were working flat-out to help in extreme circumstances where emergency responses were underway.
The New York Times and Gulf News differ in giving the numbers of the fatalities caused by flooding, while The Guardian reported two bodies were wash in flood waters, not mentioning the third person who was reported missing as other sources did.
The Independent and Reuters reported that an Elton John concert set to take place in Auckland was cancelled due to "unsafe weather conditions," while The Guardian discusses cancellations of flights and closures of airports.