Around 18,000 people have left their homes in New South Wales, South Eastern Australia, due to severe floods caused by heavy rains, Gladys Berejiklian, the state’s prime minister, said on Monday, APA reports citing Sputnik.
“There are around 15,000 people who have been evacuated from the Mid-North Coast from their homes. In the Nepean, Richmond Valley region, Hawkesbury region there have been 3,000 evacuations to date”, Berejiklian said during a briefing.
The state’s prime minister added that heavy rains would continue, calling for locals to be careful.
According to Sydney Morning Herald, the New South Wales authorities have opened evacuation centers amid the flooding since Friday. More than 200 schools were closed, and most roads are blocked.
Thousands of Australians are set to be evacuated from their homes as severe flooding in the Sydney area worsens, APA reports citing BBC.
Days of torrential downpours across large areas of New South Wales state have caused rivers and dams to overflow, damaging homes.
The state's premier said the weather system that has caused the worst floods in decades was not going away and people should take it seriously.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has offered funds for those forced to flee.
Forecasters predict that the Hawkesbury river, north-west of Sydney, will reach its highest level since a devastating flood in 1961 on Monday.
And the Warragamba Dam, Sydney's main water source, has been overflowing for the first time in years.
On Sunday a young couple in New South Wales saw their house swept away by flash floods on what should have been their wedding day.
Shocked neighbours filmed the uprooted three-bedroom cottage bobbing along the Manning river after it burst its banks following heavy rain.
Seven emergency shelters have opened across the state. Waters are not expected to subside until Thursday.