Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Thousands evacuated in Australia as downpours worsen

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About 18,000 Australians have been evacuated from flooding across New South Wales (NSW) as heavy rain continues to batter the east coast.

Days of torrential downpours have caused rivers and dams to overflow around the capital, Sydney and in South-East Queensland.

Officials say the “one-in-a-50-year occurrence” may continue all week and have urged the public to exercise caution.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has offered funds for those forced to flee.

There has been widespread damage in the affected area, which is home to about a third of Australia’s 25 million people.