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Australia to Declare East Coast Floods a National Emergency

Resident Ken Bridge stands on a pile of his flood-damaged furniture outside his home in Lismore, Australia, Wednesday, March 9, 2022. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday declared a national emergency following floods across large swathes of the east coast that have claimed 21 lives. (Jason O'Brien/AAP Image via AP)
Resident Ken Bridge stands on a pile of his flood-damaged furniture outside his home in Lismore, Australia, Wednesday, March 9, 2022. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday declared a national emergency following floods across large swathes of the east coast that have claimed 21 lives. (Jason O'Brien/AAP Image via AP)

Canberra, Australia (AP) -- Australia’s prime minister on Wednesday said he would declare a national emergency following floods across large swathes of the east coast that have claimed 22 lives.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison made the announcement during a visit to flood-devastated Lismore in northern New South Wales state, where four people died last week.