EFESydney, Australia

The Australian authorities have declared floods in the state of New South Wales a natural disaster as evacuation orders or warnings affected at least 50,000 people on Tuesday.

More than 20 areas of the country’s largest city of Sydney and the NSW coast are under the natural disaster declaration as a result of the torrential rains and devastating floods that have forced to the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.

"We have seen that some of these communities have been impacted by flooding for the third or fourth time in 18 months, which is very distressing for the residents of these communities," Minister for Emergency Management Murray Watt said in a statement on Monday night.