Heavy rains pummel Australia's east bringing worst floods in 50 years

From: Mike (mikeih...)

MELBOURNE — Heavy rains along Australia’s east coast over the
weekend have brought the worst flooding in half a century in
some areas, authorities said on Sunday, forcing thousands to
evacuate and damaging hundreds of houses.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the downpour
across the state, Australia’s most populous with 8 million
people, was worse than initially expected, especially for low-
lying areas in Sydney’s northwest.

“Yesterday, we were hoping it will only be a one-in-20-year
event, now it looks like a one-in-50-year event,” Berejiklian
said at a televised briefing.


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