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NSW floods: Anthony Albanese promises $1000 disaster recovery payment

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has announced a $1000 disaster recovery payment will be available to flood victims from Thursday, ahead of him seeing first-hand the impacts of the natural disaster across NSW.

Mr Albanese said every adult severely impacted in 23 local government areas — which were declared natural disaster zones on Monday — would be eligible for the payment.

Every child impacted within those areas will also have access to a $400 payment from 12pm on Thursday.

“This still remains a dangerous situation and we need to respond appropriately,” Mr Albanese said.

“I am very pleased that the Commonwealth is co-operating so well with the NSW Government… This is the quickest these payments have ever been approved.”

Children are seen on kayaks in floodwaters which have inundated the NSW town of Yarramalong.
Camera IconChildren are seen on kayaks in floodwaters which have inundated the NSW town of Yarramalong. Credit: JEREMY PIPER/AAPIMAGE

The funding is in addition to the initial assistance committed by the Federal and State governments on Monday.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet confirmed 108 evacuation orders were in place, and more than 85,000 residents were affected by the floods — that’s up from 50,000 the day before.

Overnight, there were about 1000 requests for assistance and 21 flood rescues.

The Federal Government has committed 250 defence personnel to assist with disaster efforts.

Of that, 100 are on the ground with a further 150 to arrive on Thursday, who will also help with the clean-up.

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