Sydney Floods Force Thousands More To Flee
Sumaira FH Published July 05, 2022 | 08:00 AM
Sydney, July 5 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 5th Jul, 2022 ) :Rain-swollen rivers spilled mud-brown waters across swathes of Sydney on Tuesday, swamping homes and roads while forcing thousands to flee.
Emergency services have now instructed about 50,000 people to evacuate or to prepare to escape the rising waters in New South Wales, officials said.
The floods, heavy rain and powerful winds led to power cuts for 19,000 homes, officials said.
Australia has been at the sharp end of climate change, with droughts, deadly bushfires, bleaching events on the Great Barrier Reef and floods becoming more common and intense as global weather patterns change.
Higher temperatures mean the atmosphere holds more moisture, unleashing more rain.
Many people affected have lived through successive east coast floods that struck in 2021 and then again in March this year when more than 20 people were killed.
"You only can get help, take pet dog out. That's it," she told AFP.
"It rose real quick, quicker than usual," he told national broadcaster ABC.
"It's actually one of the scariest floods I have been a part of." Much of the flooding has occurred in a major river system downstream of western Sydney's Warragamba Dam, which has been forced to spill large volumes of excess water since Sunday.
New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet urged people to heed orders to evacuate.
"We have had fires and... numerous floods over this period of time," he told a news conference.
"Those orders ensure that we get people out safely," Perrottet said.