"Thousands remained under evacuation orders Wednesday as more rain doused the region, including around the country’s largest city."
"Recovery efforts are beginning in Australia following days of excessive rainfall across the states of Queensland and New South Wales in eastern Australia that left thousands of properties and entire neighborhoods underwater. More rain is on the way for some of the hardest-hit areas, AccuWeather forecasters warn.
As of Wednesday, the rising waters had resulted in at least 14 deaths, and thousands were under evacuation orders, according to The Associated Press.
Emergency departments deployed boats to help rescue residents from the rising floodwaters and helicopters airlifted those who were stranded on rooftops.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, said the government will continue to focus on the emergency response to the flooding in New South Wales and Queensland."