Thousands of wild animals, including turtles, birds and possums, have been affected by the latest flood crisis in NSW, the WWF says.
Some 250 troops and three helicopters have been mobilised as the Australian Defence Force continues to assist those struggling with NSW's devastating floods.
The weather system that has drenched Sydney is heading north through NSW's Hunter and Mid-North Coast regions, with rivers rising and evacuations ordered.
People have been warned to monitor contamination and electrical risks when returning to flooded homes, as severe weather batters the Hunter and Mid-North Coast.
Floods have wreaked havoc across the NSW Hunter region, the Blue Mountains and the central west, where residents are cut off and buildings submerged.
Severe weather is continuing to batter the state with multiple rivers at major or moderate flood levels from Sydney to the mid-north coast.
The NSW flood crisis is escalating, with 57,000 people ordered to evacuate and more rain forecast as the drenching shifts towards the Mid-North Coast.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will tour flood-affected communities in NSW alongside Premier Dominic Perrottet.
Andrew Brown and Maeve Bannister
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will visit flood-affected areas of NSW on Wednesday after defending his trip overseas to repair Australia’s relationship with France and to support war-torn Ukraine.
Unions have called on the NSW and federal governments to offer more support for Norco's ice-cream factory workers, whose jobs are only guaranteed to mid-July.
Major flooding continues in western Sydney's Hawkesbury-Nepean, with thousands of residents across dozens of suburbs told to evacuate.
The prime minister will visit flood-affected Greater Sydney just days after returning to Australia from Europe as the government considers more help for NSW.
Driving rain around Sydney is continuing to cause problems, forcing the evacuation of thousands more people in flood-hit communities as rivers continue to rise.
Farid Farid and Maureen Dettre
Scientists say two big drivers of Australia's climate could coincide later this year and pose fresh threats to communities that have had repeated floods.
A 6.1 magnitude earthquake has flattened a village in southern Iran, killing at least five people and injuring nearly 50.
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned of flooded campgrounds and dangerous driving conditions on the first weekend of school holidays in NSW.
The unprecedented floods that swept through southeast Queensland and northern NSW earlier this year caused $4.8 billion in insured damages.
Tremors continue to be felt in a remote area of Afghanistan where a 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck last week.
Mohammad Yunus Yawar
Thousands of people affected by the deadly earthquake in Afghanistan are at risk of disease and need clean water and food, a health ministry official says.
Mohammad Yunus Yawar and Sayed Hassib
An Afghan health ministry official says an aftershock in the country's east has left at least five people dead.
India has sent a support team and Taiwan has pledged $US1m in aid towards Afghanistan's recovery from a powerful earthquake that killed 1000 people.
Taliban officials say rescue operations have finished and no one is trapped under rubble after an earthquake killed at least 1000 people in Afghanistan.
Deployed to assist in a Queensland flood that destroyed more than 3000 homes and killed 23 people, a Bunbury Platoon Sergeant has shared his experience in the face of disaster.
A 6.1-magnitude earthquake that jolted eastern Afghanistan has killed at least 1000 people and injured more than 1500, reducing homes to rubble.
Mohammad Yunus Yawar and Jibran Ahmad
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