Heavy rain forces parts of Sydney to evacuate, downpour to continue

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People in parts of Sydney’s northwest had been ordered to flee their homes within the center of the night time as heavy rains continued to batter Australia’s east coast on Sunday with fast-moving waters inflicting widespread destruction all through the area.

Flooding threat and evacuation warnings had been in place for about 12 areas in New South Wales (NSW), Australia’s most populous state with 8 million folks, with rivers swelling and rain accumulation posing hazard.

“It’s not just the rain which is causing the devastation,” Jonathan How, senior meteorologist with the Bureau of Meteorology, advised the ABC News state broadcaster. “It’s strong winds as well.”

How added that the heavy downpour is about to continue for the remaining of Sunday in Sydney and all through the state, with some areas anticipated to rise up to 200 millimetres (7.9 inches) of rain.

Emergency companies stated that they had acquired about 600 calls in a single day asking for assist; greater than 60 of these had been pleas for rescue from floods.

Television and social media footage confirmed fast-moving water unmooring homes, engulfing roads, breaking timber and damaging street infrastructure.

The excessive climate was affecting Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine supply to Sydney and all through the state and disrupting the nation’s plans to ship the primary vaccine doses to nearly 6 million folks over the subsequent few weeks. [NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who is predicted to maintain a briefing in a while Sunday, stated the climate system transferring by the state may very well be a one-in-25-year rain occasion.

“This will be a deep-seated, extreme weather event,” she stated on Saturday.

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