4 Mar 2012

More people evacuated in NSW and Victoria

7:45 pm on 4 March 2012

One man is dead and thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes as heavy rain continues to affect much of the Australian states of New South Wales and Victoria.

The body of a Victorian man was pulled from a swollen creek on Sunday morning after he and two friends became stuck as they tried to cross it.

More than 3000 residents across NSW have been told to evacuate as 70% of the state remains flood-affected after days of heavy rain.

The ABC reports that further evacuation orders were issued on Sunday afternoon for Forbes and The Rock, south of Wagga Wagga.

The Jindabyne Dam in the Snowy Mountains is now spilling for the first time and authorities say they are monitoring the situation in case downstream communities are threatened.


In northern Victoria, evacuations are continuing in the town of Numurkah, where the hospital has been inundated.

The town Nathalia is also under threat.

The Kiewa River and the Murray River upstream of Lake Hume have major flood warnings in place.