La Jornada – Thousands evacuated due to severe flooding in Australia

Canberra. Tens of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate and many more were told to prepare to flee after parts of Australia’s southeast coast were hit by the worst flooding in decades.

Dozens of residents, some with pets, have spent hours trapped on their roofs in recent days due to a rising river in the New South Wales town of Lismore, where dozens of cars were trapped overnight. Monday on a bridge in the nearby town of Woodburn. Both ends of the bridge were sunk.

Authorities said about 50 people were rescued from the bridge early Tuesday morning.

“We didn’t have the ability to get them out in the dark, so we just had to make sure they were protected and we went this morning and got them all out,” Ashley Slab, chief of government emergency services in Woodburn, told Australia. broadcasting. Corp.

The floods are heading south into NSW from Queensland, in the region’s worst disaster since 2011.

New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet said 1,000 rescues had been carried out in his state as of Tuesday, and authorities had received more than 6,000 phone calls seeking help.

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