Severe flooding hits Australia’s New South Wales, prompting emergency response

Severe flooding hits Australia's New South Wales

Australia’s most populous state of New South Wales on Sunday issued more evacuation orders following the worst flooding in decades. The New South Wales State Emergency Services responded to 640 calls for help on Saturday night, including 66 for flood rescues.

Hundreds of people have been rescued from the waters from New South Wales and evacuation orders have been issued at multiple locations on the Mid North Coast in the northeast of the state as the state was experiencing a one-in-a-100-year event. Parts of NSW could see another 300mm of rain in the coming days, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has warned. Between 200mm and 300mm is forecast for the South Coast, while the Mid North Coast and Western and North West Slopes and Plains could see another “couple of hundred” millimetres. Another 50mm to 100mm is forecast to fall in the Sydney region.

Nearly one metre of rain has already fallen in many parts of the state. Streets, parks and homes have been submerged under more than 200mm of rain with severe weather conditions expected to persist today and tomorrow. Rising water levels have prompted several evacuation warnings over the last 24 hours with more than 3000 people forced to leave their homes since yesterday