Mass Evacuation In Australian Regions Amid ‘Once-In-A-Century’ Floods!

The south-east region of Australia has been massively affected due to heavy rainfall. More than 18,000 people were ordered to evacuate from their houses.

ZEE5 Web Desk

March 23, 2021

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On Monday, heavy rains lashed out Australia’s south-east region, leading to the worst circumstances of these once-in-century floods. As a result, thousands of people were forced to evacuate their homes. Hundreds of schools were immediately shut down. This heavy and long-running rainfall has submerged the coastal areas of New South Wales. Also, reportedly, Sydney is experiencing the biggest flood in decades.

The authorities have urged residents to avoid any unnecessary travels and imply upon work from home. According to the reports, some areas have received hard-hitting rainfall of around 25 centimetres in the last 24 hours. Scientists have warned that Australia can expect some frequent diversions in weather as an effect of climate change.

As of now, 18,000 people from New South Wales have been ordered to evacuate from their houses. And 38 regions have been declared disaster zones. Emergency services have received more than 8,000 calls for help and have managed to help many of them since the crisis began. Also, in Sydney’s Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley, swollen rivers were expected to rise at levels not seen since 1961. On Saturday, the city’s major drinking water source, Warragamba Dam overflowed too.

Though no deaths or serious injuries have been reported yet, the authorities have warned the people of a “life-threatening” situation. The education administration informed that more than 200 schools were shut down including those affected by the flood. Also, the insurance companies have received more than 5,000 claims after the crisis.

The Government has issued support payments for the residents of disaster zones. This goes around as Aus $1,000 per adult and Aus $400 per child. The Bureau of Meteorology has forecasted ease in climatic conditions ahead this week. Medical officials stated that the Covid-19 vaccinations will be delayed due to this crisis.

Meanwhile, stay tuned to ZEE5 for more updates.

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