2021 Eastern Australian floods

series of disastrous floods in Australia

Extreme rainfall on the east coast of Australia beginning on 18 March 2021 led to massive flooding in New South Wales, affecting regions from the North Coast to the Sydney metropolitan area in the south. Suburbs of Sydney experienced the worst flooding in 60 years.[7]

2021 Eastern Australian floods
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Windsor Bridge submerged in western Sydney
How long: 18 March 2021 – 29 March 2021
Deaths: 3 dead and 2 missing[1][2][3][4][5]
Damages: A$ 1 billion+ (predicted)[6]
Areas affected: New South Wales; Mid North Coast, Hunter Valley and Western Sydney
Queensland; Logan City and Gold Coast

The Australian government declared many parts of the east coast a natural disaster zone after the flooding rains forced 18,000 people to evacuate, in addition to over 1,000 flood rescues.[8]

The floods happened less than 18 months after Australia was affected by the Black Summer bushfires.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Body found in upturned ute | 9 News Australia, archived from the original on 25 March 2021, retrieved 24 March 2021
  2. Body found after man trapped in flooded car | 9 News Australia, archived from the original on 25 March 2021, retrieved 24 March 2021
  3. Man dies in crash on Sydney's Northern Beaches Archived 23 March 2021 at the Wayback Machine by Olivana Lathouris from Nine News. 22 March 2021.
  4. NSW flooding: extreme rain wreaks havoc in NSW in once-in-a-century event Archived 23 March 2021 at the Wayback Machine by The Guardian. 22 March 2021.
  5. Car belonging to missing elderly woman found submerged following NSW floods Archived 26 March 2021 at the Wayback Machine by Seven News. 26 March 2021
  6. Insurers forecasting a $1 billion damage bill due to NSW floods Archived 25 March 2021 at the Wayback Machine by Sky News. 23 March 2021.
  7. Jose, Jill Gralow, Renju (22 March 2021). "Australia to rescue thousands as Sydney faces worst floods in 60 years". Reuters. Archived from the original on 24 March 2021. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  8. House floats downriver in Wingham as dangerous weather system leaves a path of destruction Archived 24 March 2021 at the Wayback Machine by ABC News. 20 March 2021
  9. NSW flooding: disaster zones declared as 18,000 people evacuated in Sydney and mid-north coast Archived 23 March 2021 at the Wayback Machine by Michael McGowan and Justine Landis-Hanley from The Guardian. 22 March 2021