Overall Green alert Flood
in Australia

Event summary

This flood can have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

GDACS ID FL 1100794
Death: 2
Displaced: 40400
Countries: Australia
From - To 16 Mar - 24 Mar

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Eastern New South Wales, Australia, March 2021Heavy rain from 18 March caused several rivers and dams to overflow in eastern parts of New South Wales (NSW), Australia. As of 21 March, emergency services (SES) reported 700 flood rescues, 7,370 calls for assistance and evacuation orders in 17 locations, mostly in Mid North Coast Region (8) and Sydney Western Region (7). One person died in a vehicle trapped in flood waters in Sydney on 23 March. Further evacuations orders were issued, mostly in northern parts of the state where the Clarence River was flooding. Reuters said an estimated 40,000 people have been evacuated in 13 evacuation centres across New South Wales. As of 24 March evacuation orders were in place in North West Region (1); Clarence Nambucca Region (5); Mid North Coast (16) and Sydney Western Region (15) As of 23 March insurers had received 11,700 insurance claims associated with the storms and flooding in NSW, the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) reported. A natural disaster declaration was announced 20 March 2021 and extended on 21 March and includes 34 Local Government Areas. Parts of the neighbouring state of Queensland were also affected. This is reported separately.Wed 24 Mar 2021FloodList provided by Copernicus GloFAS
Detailed event map. European Union, 2021. Map produced by EC-JRC.
The boundaries and the names shown on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the European Union.

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'One-in-100-years' flood talk is disastrously misleading, experts saySat, 27 Mar 2021 21:38:00 +0100.

What does it mean when a natural disaster is described as a "one-in-50-years" or "one-in-100-years" event? Well, not what most people think and that has to change, according to a leading risk assessment expert. Key points: A one-in-100-year
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Australians assess flood damage, accelerate clean-upSat, 27 Mar 2021 04:48:00 +0100.

Australian authorities accelerated recovery efforts and cancelled more than a dozen flood evacuation warnings on Friday as water levels that have caused widespread damage across the country’s east receded. Clean-up efforts were ramped up ac
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Climate Change may be Fueling More Powerful Hurricanes and TyphoonsFri, 26 Mar 2021 13:29:00 +0100.

Many tropical cyclone-prone regions of the world are expected to experience storm systems of greater intensity over the coming century, according to a review of research published today in ScienceBrief Review. Moreover, sea level rise will
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Satélites mapean las inundaciones históricas en AustraliaFri, 26 Mar 2021 13:17:00 +0100.

Grandes extensiones de Nueva Gales del Sur, en Australia, aparecen inundadas por lluvias torrenciales en imágenes de la misión Copernicus Sentinel-1 de la ESA. Las fuertes lluvias han provocado que las represas se desborden, los ríos se des
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For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: EC-JRC (33), (1), NASA (7), WMO (1), INFORM (2),