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Thousands evacuated as floods hit Australia

Thousands evacuated as floods hit Australia


Australian authorities on Tuesday ordered the evacuation of about 60,000 people living in Sydney and feared heavy rains. On the east coast of the country, 20 people have died since the floods began a week ago.

Rescue operations continued on Tuesday, March 8, on the east coastAustralia A week has been devastated by the massive floods, which have already claimed 20 lives. Authorities say the bodies of a woman and a man have been found in Sydney, where more heavy rains and flash floods are expected.

According to police, the two were wanted because their car was found in the middle of a flood. As many as 60,000 residents of Australia’s largest city have been forced to evacuate their homes by flash floods, according to emergency services.

Heavy rains in Sydney flooded bridges, flooded homes, swept away cars and caused the roof of a supermarket to collapse. The Manly Dam north of the city began to fill Tuesday and 2,000 residents were told to evacuate.

The police recovered the troubles of the cars because of the sudden water in the Georgous Hall area, where the vehicles were drowning in half of the suburbs.

Rescue efforts have been hampered by heavy rains and severe storms for the second week in a row across the state of New South Wales. The Australian Meteorological Agency has called for vigilance for the next 48 hours, promising “tough”.

Closed roads, damaged infrastructure and power outages

Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in at least 2,000 kilometers of coastal areas of the state. Relief services spokesman Bill Campbell told AFP that the floods were “unprecedented wildfire-like water levels” that devastated Australia for months in 2019 and 2020.

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The severe weather that started last week caused as much damage to property and wildlife as the fire, he added. “They have the same consequences for people: closed roads, damaged infrastructure and power outages,” he said.

In the last 24 hours, about 100 people have been called in to help, and that number is expected to rise as a storm hits Sydney on Tuesday.

In northern New South Wales, floods have destroyed homes, smashed cars and forced hundreds of residents to their roofs. Long and arduous cleaning operations have begun.

Casey Whelan, a resident of AFP, explained that the city of Mullumbim, south of Brisbane, had been cut off from the rest of the world for days without telephones, internet or outside assistance.

“Many people on my street can not be compensated by insurance (…) they have no way to rebuild,” he lamented.

Australia has been hit hard by climate change in recent years: droughts, deadly wildfires and floods have been frequent and intensifying.

With AFP