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More than 50,000 residents affected by Sydney's flood emergency

Hundreds of homes were flooded in and around Australia's largest city in a flood emergency that affected 50,000 people, officials said Tuesday.

The emergency response team rescued 100 people trapped in cars on flooded roads and flooded houses in the Sydney area overnight, said Ashley Sullivan, state emergency services manager. rice field.

A heavy rainy day flooded the dam, broke the embankment, and caused a fourth flood emergency in 16 months in part of a city of 5 million people.

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An overnight disaster struck 23 municipal areas declared by the New South Wales state government, activating federal financial support for flood victims.

Evacuation orders and warnings to prepare to abandon the house affected 32,000 to 50,000 people on Monday, said Dominique Perottet, Prime Minister of New South Wales.

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"This event isn't over yet. Don't be self-satisfied wherever you are. Our road Be careful when driving. There is still a significant risk of flash flooding throughout the state, "says Perottet.

Emergency Services Minister Steph Cook acknowledged the rescue team's skills and commitment to prevent death or serious injury by the fourth day of the flood emergency.

A part of southern Sydney was hit by more than 20 centimeters (about 8 inches) of rain in 24 hours. This is more than 17% of the city's annual average, says Jonathan Howe, a meteorologist at the Department of Meteorology.

On Tuesday, a severe heavy rain weather warning was issued in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. The warning also extended to the Hunter Valley along the northern coast of Sydney.

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The worst floods are along the Hawksbury-Nepean River system along the fringes north and west of Sydney. Was there.

"The good news is that by tomorrow afternoon it looks almost dry, but of course people are told that these floods will remain very high even after the rain has stopped. It reminds me, "Howe said.

"It rained a lot overnight, but in reality some rivers peaked again, so to see these floods begin to recede, 1 It can take days, if not weeks, "how added.

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Rough weather and mountains along New South Sea The Wales coast has blocked plans to tow a damaged cargo ship with a crew of 21 for the safety of the open sea.

The ship leaves the port of Warongon in southern Sydney on Monday morning, then powers out and is grounded by an 8 meter (26 ft) swell and a wind blowing over a 30 knot (34 mph) cliff. There was a danger.

Attempts to pull the ship into the open sea with a tag boat ended when a line pulled into a swell of 11 meters (36 feet) snapped late Monday, said Philip Holiday, Chief of the Port Authority. Said.

The ship maintained its position farther from the coast on Tuesday with the help of two anchors and two tag boats. According to Holiday, the new plan was to pull the ship to Sydney as early as Wednesday when the weather and sea conditions settled down. The original plan was for the ship's crew to repair the engine at sea.

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"We are in a better position than yesterday," Holiday said. "We are relatively safe."

Perrottet described the reaction of the Tagboat crew on Monday to save the ship as "heroic."

"I would like to thank the men and women who were on their crew for the heroic work they did in an incredibly dangerous situation last night. 11 meters (36 feet) swell. And it's very impressive to do and do that work, "says Perottet.

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