15 Jun 2011

Mass evacuations as rain continues in New South Wales

11:12 pm on 15 June 2011

Mass evacuations are under way across the flood-affected Australian state of New South Wales on Wednesday after one man died and three were hospitalised as rivers rose in the torrential rain.

More than 1300 residents of the mid-north coast and Hunter regions have been affected by flooding after three days of heavy rain that has closed schools and roads and caused millions of dollars worth of damage, AAP reports.

The areas of Clarence Valley, Upper Hunter, Bellingen Shire and Kempsey have been declared natural disaster zones.

The announcement came after police found a 37-year-old man crushed in his car by a fallen tree at Hillville, near Taree, on Wednesday morning.

In Wherrol Flat, three other people were hospitalised after their car was swept away as they tried to cross a submerged roadway.