People evacuated again due to heavy rain in Sydney

People evacuated again due to heavy rain in Sydney

Water is rising in the vicinity of the Australian metropolis. The Minister of Civil Defense has called on residents to leave their homes.

Thousands of Sydney residents have been urged to evacuate the area due to torrential rains and violent storms. “We are now facing threats on several fronts – flash floods, river floods and coastal erosion,” New South Wales Minister for Disaster Management Steph Cook told a televised news conference on Sunday (local time). He called upon the people to reconsider their holiday trips for the school holidays which are starting now. “This is a life-threatening emergency.”

As the photos show, the low-lying areas in the south-west of the metropolis had a good 1.50m underwater on Sunday. According to media reports, the Sydney area has already received four times more rain than normal in the entire month of July. Meteorologist Jonathan How told ABC that at Menangal, about 70 kilometers southwest of Sydney, river levels had already reached 16.5 metres, just below the record level of 16.8 metres set in April 2022.

There is a possibility of more rain in the coming days. Heavy rain caused a dam in south-west Sydney to be washed away overnight. State director Carlin York said, “The levees have no place for water. They are starting to overflow. The rivers are very fast-flowing and very dangerous. Where it rains, there is also the risk of flash floods.” ” disaster management. In the last few days, 29 people have been rescued from the floods. Defense Secretary Richard Marles said on Sky News that the Australian government had provided 100 soldiers and two helicopters to the state to assist with any rescue operation.

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