Sydney, 6 Mar (ONA) --- Sydney, Australia's most populous city that has been drenched in rain for days, braced for more heavy downpours today as the death toll from flooding across the country's east rose to 17.
A wild weather system that dumped more than a year's worth of rainfall over a week in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales (NSW) brought widespread destruction, leaving thousands of people in the states displaced and sweeping away property, livestock and roads.
A total of 17 people have been killed since the deluge began, according to police.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) of NSW said a new weather system could bring another round of heavy rains across NSW, of which Sydney is the capital, raising the risks of flooding.
In Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, and surrounding areas that were hit by heavy storms last weekend which flooded several thousand properties, the clean-up continued over the weekend.
The process of recovery will take months, local authorities said today, the CNN news reported.