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Australia swamped by worst flooding in decades; spiders, snakes are everywhere

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People stand on a flooded road near the Hawkesbury River at Richmond on the western outskirts of Sydney, Australia, on March 22, 2021.
  • Around 18,000 people had been evacuated from flooding in New South Wales.
  • “This is nothing like we’ve seen since the 1960s.”
  • Communities who were battered by the bushfires a year ago are now being battered by the floods.

“Phenomenal” rainfall over the past week has led to some of the worst flooding in decades in Australia’s state of New South Wales, officials said Monday, and some rivers are topping record levels. 

Thousands of people have been forced from their homes and hundreds more had to be rescued from the rising floodwaters that have isolated dozens of towns in Australia’s most populous state.

Around 18,000 people had been evacuated from flooding in New South Wales (NSW) by Monday and emergency services feared up to 54,000 people could be displaced with heavy rain forecast to continue until Wednesday.

“This is nothing like we’ve seen since the 1960s,” said state Premier Gladys Berejiklian at a news conference, CNN reported. In parts of the state that have been hit harder, this is a once-a-century event; in other regions such as the Hawkesbury area, it’s a “one-in-50-years” event, she said.

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