Thousands of residents of Sydney, Australia’s largest city, were ordered to evacuate the city’s southwest on Sunday. The Bureau of Meteorology says heavy rain will continue for two more days, threatening flash floods and landslides on New South Wales’ east coast.
“We are now facing risks on many fronts – flash flooding, overflowing rivers and coastal erosion,” New South Wales Emergency Services Minister Steph Cook told a televised news conference. “This is a life-threatening emergency,” Cook said.
More than 200 mm of rain fell in many areas, with a peak of 350 mm recorded, the weather service said. Heavy rains cause Sydney’s main dam to leak. Officials fear that the situation will worsen and the dam will overflow, as it did at the Waragamba dam early last year. The nearby area had to be evacuated.
“There is no place to store water in the dams. They are overflowing. The rivers are flowing very fast, very dangerous. Then there is the risk of flash floods depending on where the rain falls,” the region said. Officers.
On Saturday, 29 people were rescued from flooded areas, including one who hung from a pole for an hour as aid workers struggled to reach the victims.
The Australian government has provided 100 military personnel to the state to assist with sandbags and two helicopters, Defense Secretary Richard Marles said in a statement. Sky News†
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