Flooding has struck New South Wales in Australia following a barrage of rain lasting several days, forcing thousands to evacuate their homes. Locals looked on hopelessly as water takes hold of parts of the mid-north east coast of Australia in what is being dubbed the worst flooding in 50 years.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the downpour across the state was worse than initially expected, especially for those living in low-lying areas around Sydney’s northwest.
They said: “Yesterday, we were hoping it will only be a one-in-20-year event, now it looks like a one-in-50-year event.”
Evacuations took place throughout the night as fast-moving waters caused widespread destruction.
Television and social media footage showed fast-moving water destroying homes, covering roads, and breaking trees.