Australia To Rescue Thousands As Sydney Faces Worst Floods In 60 Years
Australia was set on Monday to evacuate thousands of more people from suburbs in Sydney’s west, battered by the worst flooding in 60 years, with torrential rains expected to continue for another day or two.
Reuters images showed submerged intersections, marooned livestock and cars up to their windshields in water, out of which poked the tops of street signs, as three days of rain swelled rivers in the most populous state of New South Wales (NSW).
“This is an ongoing situation that is evolving and is extremely dangerous,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison told parliament.
Sunday was Sydney’s wettest day of the year, with almost 111 mm (4.4 inches) of rain, while nearly 900 mm (35 inches) was dumped in some north coast regions in the last six days, or more than three times the March average, government data showed.
The Hawkesbury and Nepean rivers flooded most of northwestern Sydney, leaving residents stranded.