Australia floods worsen as thousands more flee Sydney homes

By Renju Jose – 4h ago

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© Reuters/LOREN ELLIOTTFlooding from heavy rains affects western suburbs in Sydney

SYDNEY (Reuters) -Torrential rains kept battering Australia’s east coast on Tuesday, intensifying the flood crisis in Sydney as thousands more residents were ordered to leave their homes after rivers swiftly rose past danger levels.

© Reuters/LOREN ELLIOTTFlooding from heavy rains affects western suburbs in Sydney

About 50,000 residents in New South Wales, most in Sydney’s western suburbs, have been told to either evacuate or warned they might receive evacuation orders, up from Monday’s 30,000, authorities said.

“This event is far from over, please don’t be complacent,” New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet told reporters. “Wherever you are, please be careful when you’re driving on our roads. There are still substantial risks for flash flooding.”

The latest wild storm cell – which brought heavy rains with several places receiving a year’s worth in three days – is likely to ease in Sydney from Tuesday as the coastal trough moves north, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said.

© Reuters/LOREN ELLIOTTFlooding from heavy rains affects western suburbs in Sydney

But the risk of flooding could remain through the week with most river catchments already near capacity even before the latest deluge. Some regions received 800mm (31.5 inches) of rain since Saturday, eclipsing Australia’s annual average rainfall of around 500mm (20 inches).

© Reuters/LOREN ELLIOTTFlooding from heavy rains affects western suburbs in Sydney

About 90mm (3.5 inches) of rain could fall over six hours in the state’s mid-north coast from Tuesday, reaching up to 125mm (5 inches) in some places, BoM said.

Flooding from heavy rains affects western suburbs in Sydney

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