Overnight, dozens of people were rescued in Sydney. Around 50,000 residents had to evacuate due to severe flooding in Australia.
On Tuesday, thousands more people were forced to flee their homes along the east coast after rivers rose above danger levels.
In some parts of the country, the latest wild storm cell delivered a year’s worth rain in just three days.
Torrential rain caused floodwaters to burst and dams to overflow, creating a fourth flood emergency in parts of the city with five million inhabitants.
Social media footage showed partially submerged bridges and roads, while emergency crews saved stranded persons from partially submerged vehicles stuck in rising waters.
Ashley Sullivan, the state emergency service manager, said that 100 people were rescued by emergency response teams overnight from cars stuck on flooded roads and homes in the Sydney region.
Dominic Perrottet, Premier of New South Wales, said that evacuation orders and warnings about abandoning homes were issued to 50,000 people on Monday. This was up from 32,000.
He said that the “event is not over” but warned drivers to be cautious as flash flooding remains a risk.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), while stating that the storm cell in Sydney is expected to recede by Tuesday, warned that flooding risks could still be present throughout the week.
Some areas have seen 800mm (31.5 in) of rain since Saturday. This is more than the annual average rainfall of Australia, which is around 500mm (20 in).
According to experts, climate change has made it more difficult for the country to experience severe rains.
Federal officials have declared floods a natural catastrophe, allowing flood victims to receive assistance funding.
Officials said that emergency crews continued to rescue a bulk carrier ship in rough seas after it lost power offshore of Sydney. Tow lines were damaged by severe weather.
Officials warned previously that floods could prove to be more severe than those that struck the suburbs of the city in the past 18 months.
As global weather patterns change, Australia has experienced more extreme weather in recent years, with bushfires and droughts becoming more frequent and more intense.
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