It is said that 50,000 Australians are fleeing the waters
5/7/2022 5:04 AM
Heavy rains cause flooding on the east coast of Australia. The government declares the situation a natural disaster and tens of thousands are leaving their homes. This is the second devastating flood in a few weeks.
The Australian government has declared recent devastating floods in the state of New South Wales on the east coast a natural disaster. In this way, emergency funds should be released to the affected areas more quickly. The situation is particularly bad in the greater Sydney area, where massive amounts of rain have fallen since Friday. In just four days, there was less rainfall there than in London in an entire year, according to meteorological calculations.
In total, there was an evacuation order for 50,000 people by Tuesday morning, according to Australian broadcaster ABC. Hundreds of residents called for help during the night. The emergency services moved repeatedly to evacuate homes and rescue people. Nearly 20,000 homes are without electricity. Entire areas were under a meter of water.
“Don’t go through it again”
Many citizens were completely desperate. “We’re going to sell out. We can’t go through this again,” a man named Darren Morgan, whose home in suburban Lanceville was inundated twice in 48 hours, was quoted by the media. The strong low pressure area between the east coast of Australia and the North Island of New Zealand is responsible for the rain masses, which push moist air and rough waves up the New South Wales coast. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who is returning from various summits in Europe on Tuesday, wanted to travel to the disaster area as soon as possible.
In March, there were devastating floods in Sydney and large parts of New South Wales and Queensland. Many areas are still reeling from the devastating effects of historical floods and are now flooding again.