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Caught On Camera: The Shocking Moment A Massive Cliff Collapses

A dramatic collapse of a cliff was captured by a local resident on New Zealand's south island that declared a "state of emergency" following a river flooding on Saturday.

Footage shot by a local resident, Ange Protheroe, showed the moment part of Klondyke Terrace collapsed into Rangitata river at about 4pm local time.

Heavy rain is wreaking havoc in the district. Photo: Ange Protheroe

The landslide happened after a local state of emergency was declared for the South Canterbury town of Timaru District, following heavy rain.

Timaru District Council said on Facebook that there was indication of further heavy rainfall in alpine catchments on Saturday and into Sunday.

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'Venice Is On Its Knees': Mayor Blames Climate Change As 'Apocalyptic' Flood Sweeps City

Venice’s mayor declared a state of emergency on Wednesday after “apocalyptic” floods swept through the lagoon city, flooding its historic basilica and inundating squares and centuries-old buildings.

Rangitata residents have been alerted to be ready to evacuate at short notice.