10 images of what Greater Sydney is experiencing right now amid the floods.
Things looked pretty dire across Greater Sydney and NSW today. With multiple evacuation orders and warnings put in place (scroll down into this newsfeed to read more on this), images are starting to circulate across social media and into newsrooms.
Here’s how things are looking right now amid the flood crisis.
The Hills Shire is battling heavy rains and flash floods. Just one example of what it's like on the ground here today - Bara Way Reserve, Rouse Hill.— Odessa Blain (@odessablain) March 2, 2022
📌For rolling coverage from across Sydney: https://t.co/jSFqGUyYtM pic.twitter.com/IpGpAdS4pD
This is Roseville Bridge in Sydney about an hour ago. Cars underwater. And it’s 150 feet up in the air!! pic.twitter.com/objr1YxBbc— Not Aldous (@not_aldous) March 8, 2022
Shelly beach is my favourite place on earth. It’s been absolutely ravaged - there’s a river along the walkway and a waterfall on the road down. So much erosion and pollution.— Dr Kate A - get me a new government 🦈 (@duskywhalerkate) March 8, 2022
These floods are devastating #sydneyfloods @smh pic.twitter.com/FdkDQbW01N
There are now cases of Japanese mosquito virus ‘encephalitis’ across Australia. Here’s what it means.
Across Australia, there have been rising case numbers of a Japanese mosquito virus, scientifically known as ‘encephalitis’.
Confirmed national cases have risen to nine, and Aussies are being asked to take the risks posed by encephalitis more seriously. It comes as the federal health department is investigating dozens of suspected additional cases.
“Japanese Encephalitis Virus (JEV) is a code-red condition that remains under-recognised,” The Encephalitis Society chief executive Dr Ava Easton said to AAP. “As Australia faces ongoing extreme weather conditions we are urging all Australians to equip themselves with knowledge about this very real disease and to not dismiss it as a low-risk probability or something too rare to talk about.”
Today, a Victorian man has died from JEV, and a child from Wentworth has been discharged from intensive care but continues to receive hospital care for their illness.
Victorian man dies from Japanese Encephalitis Virus https://t.co/OddQTS6ae5— ABC News (@abcnews) March 8, 2022
Last week, Australia’s chief medical officer declared JEV as a nationally significant communicable disease incident, triggering extra resources for states and territories. It spreads to humans through mosquito bites and cannot be transmitted from person to person.
It has been more than 20 years since the virus was detected in humans. The last outbreak was in Australia's tropical north in 1995.
In most cases, human infection with the virus is asymptomatic, but about one per cent of infections can progress to serious disease including brain inflammation. Two vaccinations are available in Australia for JEV, with older people and those aged under five at a higher risk of developing a serious illness.
The dark side of reality TV’s first family.
It’s been 20 years since The Osbournes first aired on MTV and changed the face of reality TV forever. The story behind the show’s success is one for the ages, but there’s also a very dark tale that went along with the family’s success in front of the cameras.
The Independent Spirit Awards took place over the weekend and even though the red carpet was packed with Hollywood A-Listers, the winner's list featured quite a few pleasant surprises.
And Pamela Anderson is taking on a coveted new Broadway role, which follows the news that Netflix has picked up her documentary. Things are looking up for Pamela, but it’s allowed some people to draw an ugly comparison from the problematic TV show that bears her name and this new wave of success.
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Evacuation orders across Greater Sydney and NSW, with Manly Dam about to spill.
There are a string of NSW flood disaster evacuation orders and warnings issued across the state. The death toll from floods in NSW has also risen to eight after the bodies of a man and a woman were found in a western Sydney stormwater canal.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet and Deputy Premier Paul Toole this afternoon have been providing a flood update at the State Emergency Operations Centre.
The SES has issued an urgent alert for residents in low-lying properties near the Manly Dam to evacuate immediately. The dam has reached “red alert” and has commenced overflowing.
“Residents in low-lying areas below Manly Dam need to evacuate immediately. LEAVE NOW,” the SES said. “The dam is currently spilling, but I am informed by the engineers that the dam itself is safe. But the water will continue to come over and as these thunderstorms pass through, it may in fact increase.”
For Greater Sydney, additional evacuation orders are in place in parts of Mulgrave, South Maroota, Lower Portland, Camden, Ebenezer, Wallacia, Chipping Norton, Georges Hall, Holsworthy, Lansvale, Milperra, Moorebank, Warwick Farm, Sandy Point, Pleasure Point, Picnic Point, East Hills, Bligh Park, Agnes Parks, Sackville, Cattai, Leets Vale, Freemans Reach, Pitt Town, Pitt Town Bottoms, Sackville North, Oakville, Gronos Point, South Windsor, Richmond Lowlands, Angus, Windsor, Vineyard, Londonderry, Riverstone, Shanes Park, North Richmond, Yarramundi, Cumberland Reach, Mulgoa, Wallacia, Wisemans Ferry, Wetherill Park, Emu Plains, Camden, Penrith, Jamisontown, Lower Portland, Regentville, Cranebrook.
For the Northern Rivers, evacuation orders are in place in parts of Tumbulgum and surrounding areas of Broadwater, Cabbage Tree Island, Woodburn, Swan Bay, Coraki, Southgate, Ulmarra, and Lawrence.
For the Mid North Coast, evacuation orders are in place in parts of Kempsey, Croki and Lower Macleay.
For the Hunter region, evacuation orders are in place for Tuggerah Lakes and surrounding areas.
For the South Coast and Illawarra region, evacuation orders are in place in parts of Sussex Inlet and St Georges Basin.
Around 400 #NSWRFS firefighters are now responding to multiple callouts around Sydney, Illawarra and South Coast. Many areas are experiencing flooding.— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) March 8, 2022
Check @NSWSES for latest flood information and evacuations.
📷: Glenorie Rural Fire Brigade pic.twitter.com/kITH2uvxK0
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Vic government announces businesses will be given up to $20,000 for hiring an unemployed single parent.
This morning, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced the government will help single parents get back into the workforce as part of a new change to their wage subsidy scheme.
Under the Jobs Victoria Fund wage subsidy scheme, eligible businesses in Victoria, which is home to 250,000 single parents, will be given up to $20,000 if they hire an unemployed or underemployed single parent.
"A job means more than just a pay cheque – it also means security, stability and a chance to build a life with those you love – and this pandemic has robbed too many single parents of that opportunity," the premier said in a statement.
"Single parents work incredibly hard to provide for their families, and that’s why we’re doing what we can to help make things like finding a job that little bit easier."
Premier on International Women’s Day announces some eligible businesses will be given up to $20,000 if they hire an unemployed or underemployed single parent.— Mitch Clarke (@96mitchclarke) March 7, 2022
There are more than 250,000 single parents in Vic - around 80 per cent are women. #springst @theheraldsun pic.twitter.com/H0qTIz0U1K
The Fund is available to support eligible businesses with an annual payroll of under $40 million that are offering secure full-time or part-time roles. Positions must run for at least 12 months and pay fair wages at or above the award or site rate.
GPs call for longer consultations to better serve women.
General Practitioners say longer consultations are the most pressing change they want to see to better help Aussie women, this International Women's Day.
In a News GP poll, more than half (65 percent) of GPs voted for increased Medicare patient rebates for longer consultation, while 14 percent voted for better access to sexual and reproductive health services.
Some GPs also called for enhanced preventative health screening programs (12 percent) and more female GPs (seven percent).
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners President Dr Karen Price says the results don't come as a surprise and, with the RACGP calling for the federal Government to invest in patient rebates for longer consultations.
"All GPs know, quality care requires time – time to listen to a patient, time to assess, and time to provide expert advice and empower patients to make an informed decision about their health," she said in a statement.
GP’s and the RACGP are calling on the Federal Government to make Medicare items for longer telephone consultations, mental health, and GP management plans part of a permanent telehealth model.@RACGP @RuralDocsVIC @AMACRD @RuralDoctorsAus https://t.co/0R5TCARz3F— Dr Rebecca McGowan (@Rebecca70106641) March 5, 2022
"An important part of a GP's job is noticing the little things and starting conversations that can make all the difference when it comes to patient health and wellbeing."
"This is especially true when it comes to women patients who may be experiencing complex and sensitive issues, including sexual and reproductive issues, diverse forms of abuse and violence and mental health concerns."
Thousands evacuate as NSW floods continue, and all the news you need to know this morning.
Morning friends and happy International Women's Day!
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1. Thousands evacuated from homes as NSW flash flooding continues.
Tens of thousands of residents from south and southwestern Sydney evacuated their homes overnight, as heavy rain and flash flooding continues in NSW.
The SES has received more than 2400 calls for help in the past 24 hours and carried out 100 flood rescues, mostly in Sydney.
Evacuation orders were issued for Chipping Norton, Georges Hall, Picnic Point, Pleasure Point and Sandy Point as well as parts of Holsworthy, East Hills, Milperra, Moorebank and Warwick Farm.
Residents in Camden were urged to evacuate earlier last night due to the danger of flooding, with the Nepean River sitting at 11.5 metres before 6am this morning.
"If you remain in the area you may be trapped without power, water and other essential services and it may be too dangerous to rescue you," the SES said.
The floods have claimed six lives in NSW, including four in Lismore in the state's north, where a mass clean up is underway.
2. Queensland flood death toll rises to 13.
The death toll from southeast Queensland's flood disaster has risen to 13 after the body of a man was found in floodwaters.
It's believed to be the body of a 31-year-old who went missing in Warwick, 130km southwest of Brisbane, on February 27.
The man and his car were found in the Condamine River around 4pm on Monday.
Queensland flood toll rises to 13 after man found dead near Toowoombahttps://t.co/QE1sMgo6xb— Brisbane Times (@brisbanetimes) March 7, 2022
The rise in the death toll comes after a man in his 60s was found after his car was swept into floodwaters in the South Burnett Region on Sunday, when storms again hit parts of the state.
Another man is still missing and feared dead after falling from a boat on the Brisbane River near Breakfast Creek on February 26.
As the recovery effort continues, Queensland is looking at a damage bill of more than $2.5 billion.
3. Fan enters ambulance carrying Shane Warne’s body.
Thai police have launched an investigation after a fan entered an ambulance carrying the body of Aussie cricket legend Shane Warne.
The woman who identified herself as Barbara from Munich and who had lived in Koh Samui for two years, spent 40 seconds alone in the ambulance which was transporting Warne's body from the island of Koh Samui.
Thai police questioned Barbara but said she will not be charged as she did not do anything against the law.
Barbara told the ABC she wanted to pay her respects to the cricketer.
"I am a big fan of him. It's very sad that we lost him. I just took the flowers to pay condolences," she told the publication.
"I am sorry about yesterday but I [did] not mean [any] negative act by that. I am a big fan, he is a great player."
4. Officials in Moscow offer Ukrainians escape routes.
Officials in Moscow have offered Ukrainians escape routes to Russia and its close ally Belarus, drawing cries of outrage from Ukraine, where officials say a bread factory had been hit by an air strike in the latest Russian bombardment.
The bodies of at least 13 civilians were recovered from rubble after a factory in the town of Makariv in the Kyiv region was hit, local emergency services said.
Five people were rescued of the 30 believed to have been there at the time.
The Russian offer preceded a planned third round of peace talks on Monday between Ukrainian and Russian negotiators.
Earlier rounds produced little but pledges to allow humanitarian access that have not been successfully implemented.
5. Australia wins first medal of the 2022 Paralympic Games.
Ben Tudhope has won Australia's first medal in Beijing, claiming bronze in the men’s Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 on Monday.
The 22-year-old star sat fourth for most of the race but pulled off a late burst to finish third, with an emotional Tudhope dedicating the comeback performance at Zhangjiakou Genting Snow Park to former teammate Matthew Robinson, who died after a crash in Spain in February 2014, and Mikko Wendelin, who died suddenly in November 2019.
"I'm just so happy and it's unbelievable. I can't even put it into words," he told reporters.
"This medal is for them. This medal is 100 per cent in honour of them because they're the ones who've grown me to fall in love with the sport and just push.
"I know they'd be so proud of me, where I am today because as a 14-year-old kid, as an 18-year-old kid, I tried my hardest but it didn't end up the way I wanted.
"But today I can finally say I'm really proud of my result at a Paralympic Games and in honour of them as well."
And that's it, you're all up to speed. We'll be back to bring you more of the biggest news stories throughout the day.
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