In Australia, the floods force the evacuation of thousands of inhabitants of Sydney

In Australia, floods force the evacuation of thousands of Sydney residents

The strong The rains of the last few days fell on an already partly soggy ground, which caused a rapid rise in the waters.

After four days of torrential rain in the Sydney area, flooding rivers submerged homes and roads, forcing tens of thousands of residents of Australia's most populous city on Tuesday from their homes .

Some 50,000 people have been called to be evacuated and another 28,000 are preparing to do the same, authorities in the Australian state of New Wales said. South.

The Federal Government has declared a state of natural disaster in 23 flooded areas of New South Wales, releasing aid for affected residents.

Around 142 rescues in less than 24 hours were made by the emergency services with the help of around 100 soldiers.

Rainfall have calmed down in parts of Sydney, but flood warnings are likely to persist for several days. which led to a rapid rise in water levels, especially in the western suburbs of Sydney.

It was so sudden […] We didn't even have time to take anything, we just took our dogs and went to higher ground in the street, Gordon Lee told , a resident of Shanes Park, a suburb located west of Sydney, some areas of which were flooded overnight from Monday to Tuesday.

Australia is particularly affected by climate change. Natural disasters are frequent, including droughts, devastating forest fires, not to mention repeated floods that are increasingly intense.

I see younger people getting worse. set up to try to farm here, … but they are losing everything, in reference to the increasingly frequent floods, laments Mr. Lee, who was a farmer about 15 years ago .

Most of the affected areas are downstream of the overflowing Warragamba Dam, west of Sydney.

According to the weather services, the weather front will head north along the coast.

Precipitation has calmed down in parts of Sydney, but flood warnings are likely to persist for several days, Jane Golding of the state meteorology office has warned.

Sydney is not out of danger, now is not the time to slack off, said Carlene York, the state's emergency services manager.

New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet has called on people to comply with evacuation orders, saying this event is far from over.

About 142 rescues, in less than 24 hours, were made by the emergency services with the help of a hundred soldiers.

Many residents affected by this meteorological event had already been victims of the successive floods on the east coast which, in 2021 and last March, caused more than twenty deaths.

This is the case of Alan Dalrymple, 62, a resident of Windsor, a suburb west of Sydney, whose house has been flooded four times in 18 months. He admits to being a little annoyed.

There's not much you can do about it […] You just smile and carry on. No need to complain because no one wants to hear people complain, that's for sure, he said.

Australia is particularly affected by climate change such as droughts, devastating wildfires, and floods. police.

Most of the affected areas are downstream of the overflowing Warragamba Dam, west of Sydney. It provides most of the city's drinking water. People on the east coast are going through a very difficult time right now, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese acknowledged.

My thoughts are with the people who have suffered again and again and again, many of those communities were also affected by the wildfires, he told reporters.

He called on people to stay safe and vigilant.

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