Worst floods in 50 years hit Western Australia's town

SYDNEY. December 20. KAZINFORM Food and water are on the way to people trapped by the worst floods in 50 years around the Western Australian town of Carnarvon, said authorities of Western Australia on Monday; Kazinform refers to Xinhua.

Carnarvon, about 900km north of Perth and at the mouth of the Gascoyne River, is hit by its worst flood since 1960.

Residents were warned on Saturday to evacuate as torrential rain pounded the region overnight.

An evacuation point was set up at the Carnarvon Civic Center, where at least 80 people stayed overnight.

A Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) spokesman said the river was expected to peak early on Monday.

The river level had risen to 7.7 meters at Nine Mile Bridge by 9 p.m. (local time) on Sunday and was expected to rise slowly ahead of the peak of 7.8 to 7.9 meters; Kazinform cites Xinhua.

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