In photos: Thousands evacuated as flood threat worsens in Australia – Axios

Some 18,000 people have been evacuated and authorities plan to evacuate thousands more, as heavy rains and flooding continued to pummel parts of Australia’s east coast.

The big picture: Rain has been falling across New South Wales, including state capital Sydney, and southeast Queensland since last Thursday, triggering flash flooding in many places. A natural disaster was declared in 16 areas. Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Parliament Monday, “Rains are expected for at least the next 24 and 48 hours.”

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A worker beside a main road inundated by floodwaters in the Richmond suburb of Sydney on March 22. Emergency services have conducted at least 500 rescues. Photo: Saeed Khan/AFP via Getty Images
The overflowing banks of Sydney’s Parramatta River March 22. It’s the worst flooding in the region for 60 years. Photo: Saeed Khan/AFP via Getty Images
Heavy flooding in McGraths Hill, Sydney, March 22. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters, “I don’t know any time in state history where we have had these extreme weather conditions … in the middle of a pandemic.” Photo: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images
A road is made impassable by recent rainfall on March 22, 2021 in Byron Bay, NSW, near the Queensland border. Photo: James D. Morgan/Getty Images
Flooded farmland between near Lennox Head, NSW, near the state border with Queensland, on March 22. Photo: James D. Morgan/Getty Images
Surfers take to the water during heavy rains in Byron Bay on March 21. Photo: James D. Morgan/Getty Images

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In photos: Thousands evacuated as flood threat worsens in Australia – Axios

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