The situation is worsening due to the heavy rains on the east coast of Australia. Nearly 18,000 people stranded in floods in New South Wales have been evacuated and taken to safer places.
In the state capital Sydney and southeastern Queensland, the water level of rivers and dams has increased.
Officials have said that ‘this situation created for the first time in 50 years’ can persist for several weeks. The administration has asked people to take precautions.
The country’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has offered financial assistance to those forced to leave home.
New South Wales premier Gladie Berejiklian told that no one has lost her life till late Monday. He said that “like circumstances, it is like a miracle”.
But there has been a huge loss in the affected areas. 25 million Australians live in these areas.
Berejiklian said that many of the communities that had been affected by the floods were affected by wildfires and drought in the previous summer.
He said, “I don’t know that in such a short time between an epidemic in the history of the state, such bad weather conditions have been created.”
Emergency services conducted at least 750 rescue operations. Which includes evacuating people trapped in cars. A family stranded in the flood was evacuated with the help of a helicopter.
Rescuers also rescued a family trapped with a newborn baby in a house off the western side of Sydney.
Australia’s Meteorological Department says that rainfall up to 900 mm in some areas is ‘extraordinary’.
Most concern was expressed for the lowlands of northern and western Sydney, the NSW Central Coast and the Hawkesbury Valley.
What happened so far?
New South Wales is devastated due to floods. 15 thousand people were evacuated from the state’s Mid-North Coast and 3 thousand people were evacuated from Sydney to safe places.
Roads have been cut due to swollen rivers and about 150 schools had to be closed on Monday.
Many animals have died, in flood affected areas, animals are seen floating in the water and the windows of the houses are full of water.
A young couple had a wedding on Sunday, but they saw their home in Sydney’s north on the same day in floods.
Flights have been canceled due to flooding on the runway of the airport, about 17 km from Sydney.
According to officials, a small tornado occurred in the western part of Sydney on Saturday, causing landslides and damage to homes.