Thousands evacuated as downpours worsen in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Some 18,000 people have been evacuated from severe floods across New South Wales (NSW) in Australia, with more heavy rainfall predicted.

The State’s entire coast is now under a severe weather warning.

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Days of torrential downpours have caused rivers and dams to overflow around Sydney the state capital and in south-east Queensland.

The military is being deployed to help with search and rescue, in what has been called a “one-in-50-years event”.

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Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology has forecast “increased rainfall, strong winds, damaging surf and abnormally high tides” in New South Wales on Tuesday.

It also said that some 10 million people across every state and territory except Western Australia were now under a weather warning.

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So far, no death has been reported. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian says it as “a miracle given what we have been through”.

But there has been widespread damage in the affected areas, which are home to about a third of Australia’s 25 million people.

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Many of the communities “being battered by the floods” had been affected by bushfires and drought the previous summer.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has offered funds for those forced to evacuate. He told parliament on Monday that there was “serious risk still ahead”.

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