Australian authorities declare natural disaster in flood affected areas of New South Wales
Australia, the government has declared a natural disaster in large swaths of New South Wales as heavy rains continue to batter the state. The Australian authorities have also ordered the people in parts of Sydney’s northwest to flee their houses in the middle of the night today as heavy rains continued to batter the east coast, triggering floods throughout the region.
Authorities issued flooding risk and evacuation warnings in about 12 areas in the state of New South Wales of which Sydney is the capital, and warned of a potentially life-threatening situation in the region. More than 750 people have been rescued during the weather event, with 197 rescues occurring in the past 24 hours.