Flooding in southeastern Australia forces thousands of residents to evacuate

The Australian government has deployed 100 troops and two helicopters to the state to help with rescue efforts, Defence Minister Richard Marles told the media.

According to the authorities, Sydney may face floods even worse than those recorded the previous year and that claimed the lives of 20 people.

Torrential rains, dam overflows and flooding are hitting southeastern Australia.

In Sydney, the country’s largest city, authorities gave the evacuation order for thousands of people.

Experts warn of landslides and expect flooding to be greater than those that hit the region last year.

Southeastern Australia is under weather warnings. Heavy rains and overflowing dams and rivers threaten landslides along the east coast, from Newcastle to Batemans Bay in the state of New South Wales, weather authorities warn.