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ADRA Accommodates Evacuees in Northern NSW

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Wahroonga, New South Wales — As flood waters continued to rise in northern NSW overnight, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) volunteers have been busy accommodating evacuees in six affected regions.

A broad low pressure system off the north-coast of NSW has resulted in flash flooding in over a large area including Kempsey, Nambucca, Taree and Port Macquarie. More than 150 evacuees called on ADRA to provide emergency accommodation frollowing continued heavy rainfalls overnight.

"Our volunteers are trained for situations such as this," said Chris Olafson, Director of Emergency Management for ADRA Australia. "We have established relationships with accommodation providers throguhout New South Wales and when called upon, day or night, we work to ensure evacuees in need of accommodation get the shelter and comfort they need."

While the upper-level low has begun moving off the coast and rainfall is expected to ease throughout the day, emergency workers in Newcastle and the Lake Macquarie region remain on stand-by.

In the past twelve months ADRA Australia has supported disaster affected individuals and communities following floods in south Queensland, Victoria and south New South Wales, cyclone Yasi in northern Queensland, the Perth bushfires and the Lennox Head tornado. In addtion ADRA has implemented response efforts to the Japanese tsunami, Haitian and Christchurch earthquake and the Pakistan floods.

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ADRA Australia is a Christian aid and humanitarian agency that implements a wide range of community development and disaster response programs at home and overseas. ADRA Australia works with people in poverty and distress to create just and positive change through empowering partnerships and repsonsible action.

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