Thousands evacuated from their homes in Australia after warnings of severe flooding

4 November, 2022
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Thousands evacuated from their homes in Australia after warnings of severe flooding

Thousands of residents in several inland towns in Australia's most populous state of New South Wales evacuated their homes Thursday night, with more than 100 flood warnings issued on Friday, after rivers overflowed their banks and approached record flood levels.


The Met Office said significant flooding was occurring in Forbes, a rural town in the state's wheat-growing region, and the Lachlan River was expected to reach its highest level in 70 years later Friday.


The office added that flooding along the Murumbidge River in Wagga Wagga, home to about 70,000 people, may reach its peak soon, and levels are expected to be higher than the floods experienced in the area in 2010.


Eastern Australia is witnessing the fourth major flood crisis this year due to the La Nina weather phenomenon that has lasted for several years, and is usually associated with increased rainfall.


Forbes, a city of more than 8,000 residents and about 700 residents in North Wagga Wagga, has been ordered to evacuate.


The government has warned that the flooding of farmland will lead to higher prices for fruits and vegetables, further hurting families already struggling with rising inflation.


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