Rescuers airlift Australians to safety after floods

STORY: More than a dozen helicopters were deployed to rescue trapped people from rooftops in the worst-hit towns in New South Wales state, officials said, while more than 200 flood rescue operations were conducted in the 24 hours leading up to Tuesday morning (November 15), and 24 emergency warnings remained.

LifeFlight, a medical transport service, said it rescued 18 people and 14 pets from the Central West region, including in the towns of Murga and Eugowra.

Australia's east is in the grip of its fourth major flood crisis this year - the latest one into its third month - because of a rare multi-year La Nina weather phenomenon, which brings more rain.