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A flood struck southeastern Australia, forcing it to evacuate

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Melbourne — Thousands Many of the inhabitants were ordered to evacuate from southwestern Sydney, Australia's largest city. Heavy rains and strong winds hit the east coast on Sunday, and floods were expected to be worse than those that hit the area in the past year.

Heavy rain and flooding dams and rivers all combine to threaten flash floods and landslides along the east coast from Newcastle to Batemans Bay in New South Wales, with heavy rain expected on Sunday night. it was done.

"If it was safe in 2021, don't assume it's safe tonight. This is a rapidly evolving situation and we have experienced floods so far. I was able to see the unaffected area very well. ”

Early in the day, she encouraged people to rethink their vacation trips and at the beginning of their school vacation. Stormy weather struck.

"This is a life-threatening emergency," Cook said.

More than 200 millimeters (8 inches) of rain fell on many areas, with 350 mm of rain, the Meteorological Bureau said, warning of the danger of flooding along the Nepean and Hawkesbury rivers.

Camden in southwest Sydney is underwater, and the Meteorological Bureau has stated that water levels in the areas of North Richmond and Windsor in northwest Sydney are higher than the last three major flood events since March 2021. I predicted that it would reach its peak at.

"This can get worse overnight," said Carlene York, State Emergency Services Commissioner.

Heavy rains spilled Sydney's main dam early Sunday morning, water officials said, and modeling showed that the spill was comparable to the massive spill at Waragamba Dam in March 2021. He added.

"There is no room for water left in the dam. They are starting to spill. The river is flowing very fast and very dangerous. And in some places where it rains, flash floods occur. There is a risk, "says York.

Nearly 2,000 requests for help on Sunday flooded 29 people in the last 24 hours, including a woman who had a hard time reaching and hung on a pole for an hour. Was rescued from. she.

Police said the body of a man who had fallen from a kayak had been pulled out of Sydney Port, adding that the situation is under investigation but seems to be related to a windy situation.

The Australian Government has provided the state with 100 troops and two helicopters to assist in the rescue, Defense Minister Richard Mars said in Sky News.

(Report by Sonali Paul, edited by David Gregorio, Jonathan Oatis, Gerry Doyle)