By 1News

The Tairāwhiti region has been hit by severe flooding over the last 24 hours. 

What you need to know

- A state of emergency has been declared in Tairāwhiti after rising river levels led to the evacuation of some residents on the East Coast overnight.

- State Highway 35 north of Tolaga Bay has closed due to flooding.

- Tairāwhiti Civil Defence have evacuated residents from several areas, including Mangatuna, Tokomaru Bay and Tologa Bay.

- A Red weather warning has been issued for Tairāwhiti, with more heavy rain expected on Wednesday afternoon and into Thursday.

- Emergency crews have been called out in Rotorua after heavy rain overnight.

The Mangahauini Bridge at Tokomaru Bay. (Supplied: Sammy Moana)

A washed out Tokomaru Bay bridge on State Highway 35. The gap is about six feet wide. (Source: NZ Police)

Debris on Beach Rd, Tokomaru Bay, north of Wereta St. (Source: NZ Police)

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