The New Zealand army has been sent to Northland to assist in drought relief efforts after months without any rain.

The towns of Kaikohe and Kaitaia are the worst hit with severe water restrictions in place throughout February. Water is only allowed to be used for cooking, drinking or 40-second showers.

“We’re running out of water”, the Far North council website reads, saying its goal is to “urgently” reduce water consumption across the district by 25%. There has been no significant rainfall since November.

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