Thousands have to evacuate Sydney as heavy rain poses a ‘life-threatening emergency’

Sydney [Australia]July 3 (ANI): Amid relentless heavy rains, Sydney’s main dam spilled overnight, and thousands of New South Wales (NSW) residents were told to evacuate on Sunday amid heavy rains expected to create a “life-threatening emergency.” ” can cause. residents living on the coast between Newcastle and Batemans Bay have been warned that weather conditions are likely to worsen in the next 24 hours if floods hit the east coast again.

“MAJOR FLOOD Hawkesbury River in North Richmond (WPS) could exceed March 2021, March 2022 and April 2022 flood events SUNDAY NIGHT,” Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales, tweeted.

“MAJOR FLOW IN NORTH RICHMOND WITH RIVER LEVELS MAY INCREASE TOWARDS THE MARCH 2022 SUNDAY EVENT,” the tweet added.

The weather bureau warned of heavy rainfall that could lead to flash flooding and landslides along the east coast from Newcastle to Bateman’s Bay in New South Wales state, with rain expected for the next two days.

9,500 people are now subject to evacuation orders and warnings, and this number continues to rise. NSW faces a number of hazards: flash flooding, river flooding and coastal erosion. I encourage all communities to follow the advice of @NSWSES and @ . BOM_NSW,” tweeted Steph Cooke, minister of emergency services in New South Wales.

Cooke said the current rainfall and flash flooding are a “life-threatening emergency” as thousands of people in low-lying areas in southwestern Sydney have been ordered to evacuate their homes or risk becoming isolated.

Residents in parts of Camden, Woronora, Chipping Norton, Georges Hall, Lansvale, Moorebank, Warwick Farm, Penrith and Emu Plains were among those killed when a nighttime deluge hit the swollen waterways.

“Heavy rainfall and locally damaging winds persist in areas around the Sydney Basin, Cessnock Maitland Penrith Wollongong Nowra Bowral Katoomba Lithgow, Newcastle Central Coast,” Bureau of Meteorology tweet.

In the past 24 hours, more than 1,400 calls have been made to the NSW State Emergency Service (SES) and emergency services have had to carry out 29 rescues.

More than 200 millimeters (8 inches) of rain has fallen in many areas, with some hitting as much as 350 millimeters, the Bureau of Meteorology said, warning of flood risks along the Nepean River.

The heavy rain caused Sydney’s main dam to leak overnight, water authorities said, adding that modeling showed the spill would be similar to a major spill in March 2021 at the Warragamba Dam, CNN reported.

“There is no room for the water to stay in the dams. They start to flow. The rivers flow very fast and very dangerous. And then we have the risk of flash flooding, depending on where the rain falls,” says the State Emergency Service. That’s what Commissioner Carlene York said.

In the past day, 29 people have been rescued from flooding, including one that was hung from a pole for an hour as workers struggled to reach them, CNN reported.

The Australian government has provided the state with 100 troops to assist with sandbags and two helicopters to aid in any rescues, Defense Secretary Richard Marles said on Sky News. (ANI)