Sydney floods force thousands more to flee
Rain-swollen rivers spilled mud-brown waters across swathes of Sydney yesterday, swamping homes and roads while forcing thousands to flee.
The authorities have now instructed about 50,000 people to evacuate and another 28,000 to prepare to escape the rising waters in New South Wales (NSW), officials said.
Emergency workers carried out 142 flood rescues in NSW over 24 hours. The federal govt has declared a natural disaster in 23 flooded parts of New South Wales, unlocking relief payments to stricken residents.