Update 2021-03-21: According to media reports on Sunday (21 March), there is massive flooding due to heavy rainfall on the east coast of the states of New South Wales and Queensland in the area between the Hunter Valley near Sydney and Coff’s Harbour. in the Hawkesbury region, about 4000 people were evacuated due to rising water levels. A state of emergency has been declared in New South Wales. There are no reports of casualties so far.
2021-03-21: According to media reports on Sunday, evacuation measures have been initiated due to the persistent rainfall in the state of New South Wales. According to the reports, the Warragamba Dam burst its banks on Saturday (20 March), prompting warnings of severe flooding on the Hawkesbury River. In Sydney, people living in low-lying areas on the city’s northwestern edge have been urged to seek safety. A national emergency has been declared. According to reports, heavy rainfall is expected to continue on Monday (22 March).
Local traffic disruptions are to be expected, floods and landslides remain possible in the coming days. Travellers should exercise heightened caution, especially near rivers/the sea and mountainslopes and follow instructions by authorities.