Residents flee flood-hit Wagga Wagga city

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A mass evacuation was underway on Sunday from Australia’s Wagga Wagga city that has been hit by a devastating flood over the past few days.

An evacuation order was issued on Sunday for the 3,500 residents of North Wagga Wagga.

Authorities have warned that anyone staying put risked death, according to a report on the online edition of The Australian newspaper.

The Murrumbidgee river at Wagga Wagga is expected to reach a flood level of 9.6 metres Monday and could peak at 10 metres by Tuesday.

Meanwhile, residents of East Wagga Wagga and Gumly Gumly in the state of New South Wales are on flood alert.

Across the state, 7,000 people have so far been forced out of their homes due to the week-long floods triggered by rains.