Thousands evacuated in Australia as ‘life-threatening’ floods inundate New South Wales

More than 18,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in Australia’s New South Wales (NSW)  as heavy rains and major flooding continue to inundate the state, causing some areas to resemble “inland seas.”

Rains have been impacting communities since Thursday but flooding intensified over the weekend, with images showing roads, trees and houses completely submerged in floodwaters in some areas.

Up to 38 places across the state are regarded as natural disaster areas and 19 evacuation orders have been issued, with potentially more to come, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said in a news conference Monday.

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