Last Updated: Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Australia: Newcastle hit by heaviest rain in 154 years

An emergency crew member wading out to a car caught in
flood waters in Newcastle (ABC/Daily Mail)
Newcastle, Australian state of New South Wales,  has faced its wettest January day in 154 years after torrential rain batters the east coast.

"Newcastle experienced the most rainfall on a January day since records started back in 1862," The Daily Mail has written quoting the Bureau of Meteorology. Around 200.6 millimetres of rainfall has been recorded in Newcastle in last 24 hours.

A person has been missing off the coast of Port Stephens, just north of Newcastle.

The Hunter River broke its banks leading the evacuations of dozens of people in Raymond Terrace. Emergency crews dealt with about 2,000 requests for assistance, including 800 across the Hunter region, ABC reported.

According to the Emergency Services Minister David Elliott, 30 homes and 70 to 80 people have been affected.