Half a million Australians face flood evacuation orders

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After a week of heavy rainfall and flash flooding, the Australian authorities have issued evacuation orders to tens of thousands of people in Sydney

Authorities in Australia issued more orders for people to leave their homes on Thursday after heavy rain triggered flash floods in its largest city, with officials warning of worse to come and some 500,000 people likely to face orders to evacuate.


The second year of flooding comes as the La Nina weather pattern, typically associated with increased rainfall, has dominated Australia's east coast over the summer. Rivers and catchments were already near capacity before the latest drenching after steady rains over the last few weeks.


Some Sydney suburbs got more than 100 mm (4 inches) of rain over the past 24 hours and the weather bureau said more was on the way with some places to get up to 150 mm on Thursday.


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