Up to 50,000 evacuate from New South Wales floods
July 5, 2022 -
Torrential rains battering Australia’s east coast have forced thousands of people from their homes as rivers rose rapidly past danger levels. The federal government has declared a national emergency.
Evacuation orders have been given to up to 50,000 people in and around Sydney by the New South Wales government after days of torrential rain caused rivers to break their banks. A disaster zone has been declared in 23 local government areas.
Severe weather warnings remain in place at least for another day, and even once the rains have eased floodwaters will remain high for up to a week, with the risk of further flash flooding