After days of heavy rain, many houses, roads and fields are flooded in southeastern Australia. One man died after being caught in floodwaters in his car. The levels of many rivers continue to rise.In the devastating floods in southeastern Australia, there has been a first fatality.
A man was surprised by floodwaters in his car in northwest Sydney and was discovered dead in the vehicle, police said. The Premier of the state of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, said in parliament that it was “simply a miracle” that there had been no deaths before, given the catastrophic situation.
Days of heavy rain
Days of heavy rain had led to the evacuation of entire villages in recent days. Houses, roads and fields sank in the floods, many Australians lost all their possessions. Despite improving weather and blue skies in parts of the region, authorities have not yet given the all-clear. “We are not out of the woods yet,” Berejiklian told reporters.
Water levels continue to rise
Levels on many rivers continued to rise, and evacuation orders were still possible for large areas that could affect many thousands of people, he said. Such a flood “we have not seen in 50 years and in some parts in 100 years,” the politician said. Some 24,000 people had been evacuated to safety since the weekend, the AAP news agency reported.According to the meteorological agency, water levels had not yet peaked in some municipalities. While cleanup began in some areas, “life will not become normal for many people for a long time,” Berejiklian said.