Australia orders thousands to evacuate due to flooding in Sydney

Australia orders thousands to evacuate due to flooding in Sydney

More than 30,000 people from Sydney, the most populous city in Australia as well as several surrounding towns are under alerts and evacuation orders this Monday due to the heavy flooding caused by the heavy rains that have been falling since the weekend.

The almost 70 evacuation orders affect various areas of western Sydney, where the levels of the Hawkesbury, Nepean and Colo rivers continue to rise, especially after the more than one hundred millimeters of rain that have fallen since Sunday throughout a 200-kilometre stretch of the Australian east coast.

The devastating floods, which have also prompted authorities to issue more than 65 evacuation alerts in that area of ​​Sydney, have blocked roads, partially covered bridges, vehicles and houses, as well as leaving some communities isolated.

For many communities, this is another new flood in less than 18 months. Some of the images are truly heartbreaking: people’s homes, their lives turned upside down again, and their livelihoods greatly affected.”the Sydney regional government’s flood recovery minister told reporters in Sydney. New south Wales Steph Cook.

A children's play area is seen inundated by floodwaters in Camden, south-west Sydney, Australia.
A children’s play area is seen inundated by floodwaters in Camden, south-west Sydney, Australia.

As a result of the heavy rains, which are expected to continue during the week on the coast of New south Walesthe Australian authorities have deployed a hundred soldiers to help with the tasks of containment of the rivers and evacuation.

Last March, several areas of New South Wales, including western Sydney and Lismore, about 600 kilometers north of the city, were affected by devastating floods, which claimed more than twenty lives and caused millionaires. material damage.

An abandoned car is seen in floodwaters on Newbridge Road in Chipping Norton in western Sydney, Australia
An abandoned car is seen in floodwaters on Newbridge Road in Chipping Norton in western Sydney, Australia
An abandoned car is seen in floodwaters in Lansvale, western Sydney, Australia.
An abandoned car is seen in floodwaters in Lansvale, western Sydney, Australia.

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