Australia's weather bureau has said much of the country will face unusually heavy downpours, confirming that a La Nina weather event was under way for the third year in a row.
Intense low-pressure system that formed off the east coast over the weekend has weakened, satellite images show, but major flooding could continue for several days with rivers and dams already at full capacity.
About 50,000 residents in New South Wales, bulk in Sydney's western suburbs, ordered to leave homes, up from Monday's 30,000, officials say.
"We have seen rivers rise fast, a lot quicker than expected," says Ashley Sullivan, a senior emergency agency official, adding about 32,000 people are under evacuation orders or warnings in New South Wales.
A 50-kilometre biosecurity zone was introduced to eradicate the pest, which is known as the Varroa Mite and can kill entire honey bee colonies.
The distinctive black, red and yellow flag will fly alongside the Australian flag and New South Wales state flag at the top of the bridge as part of a "broader move towards reconciliation."
Death toll rises to eight after heavy rains smash east coast with storm system now moving slowly south to New South Wales, Australia's most populous state.
Sydney, Australia's largest city, is into its sixth week of a lockdown as it struggles with a spike in infections that added nearly 3,500 cases since the first one was detected in a limousine driver who transported overseas airline crew.
The wild weather system pounding New South Wales (NSW) over the last three days was expected to gather more strength in the next 24 hours due to the combination of a tropical low over northern Western Australia and a coastal trough off the east.
Thousands have evacuated in New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, due to heavy rains over the weekend and severe flooding, the worst in half a century.
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For many Indigenous Australians, who trace their lineage on the continent back 50,000 years, Australia Day holiday is known as Invasion Day, symbolising the destruction of their cultures by European settlers.
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