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UPDATE5

Australians around the country have paused to remember our servicemen and women as part of Anzac Day commemorations. Services were held in Turkey to mark 100 years since the first Anzacs landed at Gallipoli. While elsewhere traditional games of two-up were played. In other news, a man is in an induced coma after a wild brawl erupted at Terrigal on the Central Coast. And the Newcastle Knights have suffered a narrow loss to the North Queensland Cowboys at Hunter Stadium this afternoon.   Read More »

EVENING UPDATE

UPDATE1

The town of Maitland in the Hunter Valley has been cut off by rising water as relief has begun trickling through to surrounding communities. Meanwhile it will be an emotional Anzac Day in Dungog as residents remember two RSL members who tragically lost their lives when floodwater ripped through the town earlier this week. The Bali Nine ringleaders could face the firing squad as early as next week, as Indonesia starts preparing for the executions. And Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen is on the sidelines indefinitely, with his hip injury more severe than first thought. Read More »

2PM NEWS UPDATE

UPDATE3

- These pictures just in from Maitland where the New England Highway has been closed due to rising floodwater. – Some motorists made it through as water lapped at the road, however its now right up to the median strip and the road is closed. – At nearby Louth Park, efforts are underway to rescue horses which were caught in the water, one became entangled in a submerged fence. – Over at Morpeth our news crew dropped off a bread delivery at a collection point where supplies are being piled up to take by boat over to Hinton. – 2800 people remain cut off by floodwater. – 65,000 homes are still without power in the Hunter and 40,000 on the Central Coast. – And police say an emergency home phone message service has been hacked, and a false message was ... Read More »

EVENING UPDATE

UPDATE3

Premier Mike Baird visited flood affected towns in the Hunter Valley today, where thousands of people are still cut off by floodwater. Police have identified the elderly woman who was swept to her death in floodwaters in Maitland as 86-year-old Anne Jarmain. Residents in Cessnock have told how they fled rising flood waters, a day after flash flooding turned the main street into a river. And there’s been a special service in Newcastle tonight, the the lighting of a new ANZAC memorial flame at Nobbys beach. It will be the centrepiece of Saturday’s Dawn Service.   Read More »

2PM NEWS UPDATE

UPDATE4

The situation is getting worse at Dungog north of Newcastle with the town’s drinking water supply now running out. Bottled water is being sent to Dungog and also Karuah. Emergency workers are using boats are ferrying people and supplies across flooded roads at Maitland. The Hunter, Port Stephens, Lake Macquarie, Wyong and Gosford have been declared natural disaster areas, allowing residents to apply for relief funding. 160,000 customers in the region remain without electricity.   Read More »

EVENING UPDATE

UPDATE1

Dozens of emergency personnel have been involved in a dramatic search for two women trapped inside a car swept into floodwater near Maitland. The super storm has left a trail of devastation in Dungog, where three lives were lost and many others left homeless. SES volunteers from across the state have helped with the massive clean-up effort across the region, responding to thousands of calls for help. And in other news, Bill Spedding, a person of interest in the case of missing toddler William Tyrell, has been arrested on unrelated child sex allegations.   Read More »

2PM NEWS UPDATE

UPDATE4

Paul Lobb with an update on the Hunter’s flooding emergency. Several areas of the Hunter have been affected by major flooding – Dungog and the Maitland area have been worst hit. Here’s the big picture: – NSW Premier Mike Baird has declared the event a natural disaster. That will unlock special funding for people affected. – Three people are dead after being caught in floodwaters at Dungog – Two people are missing feared drowned near Maitland after trying to drive across a flooded creek. – More than two hundred thousand customers are still without electricity between Newcastle and Sydney. NBN weatherman Gavin Morris is amongst the storm debris in Newcastle’s Civic Park. There’s been a tragic scene at Gillieston Heights near Maitland today where two people are feared missing in floodwaters off Cessnock Road. – Witnesses say a woman drove ... Read More »

EVENING UPDATE

UPDATE5

Police and cadaver dogs have searched the home of missing Grafton grandmother Sharon Edwards, as well as another property where her husband John has been living.   More than 700 people are feared dead after a vessel carrying migrants from Libya to Europe capsized in the Mediterranean. So far only 28 people have been found alive.   There’s new hope for melanoma sufferers, with a new drug reducing the size of tumours and increasing survival rates.   And Daly Cherry-Evans says nothing has changed regarding his contract situation   Read More »

2PM NEWS UPDATE

UPDATE3

25 year-old rugby union player Nick Tooth has died in Newcastle’s John Hunter hospital after suffering a head clash during a match between Quirindi and Narrabri at the weekend. More than 700 people are feared to have drowned after an overcrowded boat smuggling them to Europe capsized off Libya. Brad and Angelina are reportedly planning to adopt another child from Syria. And an unconscious woman has been pulled from her crashed car in the US, moments before it burst into flames. Read More »

12PM NEWS UPDATE

UPDATE4

A four-month old baby girl is fighting for her life, after a car ploughed into the bedroom of her Geelong family home, south-west of Melbourne. The little girl was sleeping with her parents when the vehicle came crashing through. Islamic State has released a video, claiming the massacre of Ethiopian Christians in Libya. The video allegedly shows the beheading of around 15 hostages on a beach, before another 16 are shot in the desert. Rescue aircraft have resumed the search for a pilot and plane that have been missing for two days in central Queensland. More than 700 people are feared to have drowned after an overcrowded boat smuggling them to Europe capsized off Libya. And North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-Un has reportedly hiked to the summit of the country’s highest mountain in nothing, but an overcoat and leather shoes. Read More »

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