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Australia's New South Wales residents threatened by floods

(Xinhua)

10:12, November 28, 2011

SYDNEY, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- The riverine flooding around Australia's Northwestern New South Wales (NSW) is being closely monitored, as rising flood levels in some of the affected areas around Moree and Gunnedah are continuing to rise, the State Emergency Service (SES) said on Monday.

The SES said an evacuation order for Moree residents was issued on Sunday night and an evacuation center was established at the local Town Hall to support evacuated residents with accommodation arrangements.

About 60 residents stayed in the center overnight under the care of the Community Services.

"A number of communities remain isolated along the impacted reviver systems in the North West of the state including the township of Wee Waa which has 1800 people isolated from the rising Namoi River," the SES said in a flood update on Monday.

"The village of Garah north of Moree is also isolated and there are between 200 and 300 rural properties isolated across the north west inland of the State."

The SES is continuing to deliver supplies to these isolated townships by helicopter.

The floods have so far killed one person, a three-year-old boy who drowned in a storm-water drain at Bingara, west of Inverell, on Saturday afternoon, according to local media reports.

Three men have been rescued after they tried to drive through flood waters at Gunnedah in north-western NSW overnight, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported on Monday.

The SES said additional volunteer crews have been sent to the affected areas to assist the local communities.

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