Flooding Remains a Threat – More Than 20,000 Still Covered by Evacuation Orders [Headlines] – Hope 103.2

Flooding Remains a Threat – More Than 20,000 Still Covered by Evacuation Orders [Headlines]

Emergency services are making the most of the clear skies today to drop much needed supplies to communities which face being isolated for days.

By Hope NewsroomWednesday 24 Mar 2021News

Today’s headlines from the Hope News team. You can listen to hourly bulletin updates at hopenews.com.au.

Rescue and supply operations will be a key focus for the SES and other emergency services now the rain has passed.

Flooding remains a threat and more than 20,000 people are still covered by evacuation orders.

Another 6000 were evacuated in Moree and Southgate overnight.

More than 60,000 people are still on alert for possible evacuation.

Emergency services are making the most of the clear skies today to drop much needed supplies to communities which face being isolated for days.

Help from the Australian Defence Force is beginning today with a total of six helicopters brought in to help.

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The first 800,000 doses of the locally produced AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine could arrive at some GP clinics as early as today.

The drug regulator has cleared the initial batches for use.

Tasmania has become the third state in Australia to legalise voluntary assisted dying.

The law allows people who are suffering from advance, incurable and irreversible conditions that are expected to cause their death within six months to end their own lives.

The Prime Minister has issued an apology over a claim he made during a press conference addressing behaviour in parliament.

Scott Morrison says he deeply regrets responding to a journalist’s question by making a reference to an anonymous incident of harassment at News Corp, which has been rejected by the company.

Police have launched a new operation in response to a petition gathering the stories from thousands of women who were sexually assaulted as teenagers.

Under Operation Vest, victims are being urged to report their experiences through a digital form.

US President Joe Biden has called for a ban on assault weapons and tighter gun control measures.

It’s in response to a mass shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, earlier this week in which 10 people were killed.


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