Thousands evacuated in Australia's worst flooding in almost half a century

Thousands evacuated in Australia's worst flooding in almost half a century
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  • calendar-gray 23 March 2021

Australian authorities issued fresh flood warnings and evacuation orders on Tuesday as torrential rains again pummelled several parts of the country, sweeping away homes, roads and livestock in the worst downpour in more than half a century, APA reports quoting Reuters.

The country's weather agency has posted severe weather warnings in every mainland state or territory but one, affecting around 10 million people in the country of 25 million, across an area the size of Alaska.

"We advise that the rain and flood situation does remain dynamic and extremely complex," Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters on Tuesday. "18,000 people have been affected by evacuation orders."

In New South Wales, the worst affected state, a fourth consecutive day of heavy rain was expected to combine with a coastal trough over the coming 24 hours, increasing the deluge.

No deaths have been reported, but thousands of people have been rescued by emergency services in recent days.

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