Watch … the size of Australia’s losses from floods after the start of cleanup – misc

Residents of Australia’s eastern coast, which witnessed major floods, set out on Thursday to clean up as the waters began to recede, showing the extent of the damage.

The torrential rains that fell for a week in New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, left two people dead, and severely damaged homes, destroyed agricultural crops and covered many roads.

After the rains stopped, thousands of residents returned to their homes to assess the extent of the damage. Hundreds of soldiers and volunteer firefighters took part in the operations, in an attempt to remove mud from the roads and remove rubble using spreaders.

“Euronews” quoted Ben Shepard, an official in the rural fire fighting service, as announcing to AFP that his teams are seeking to “return to normalcy as soon as possible.”

“But this may take weeks or even months in some areas,” he said.

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