It’s actually still summer in Australia. But the eastern part of the country is in the grip of floods. Hundreds of thousands of people are affected.
Two more people have been killed in devastating floods in eastern Australia.
According to officials, at least ten people have died in the two states so far. In Queensland, a 76-year-old man was swept away in his car and has now been found dead by emergency services, Australian broadcaster ABC reported on Tuesday. In the particularly badly affected city of Lismore in New South Wales, an elderly woman drowned in her flooded home – the first death in the state.
Emergency services continued to work tirelessly to rescue people from the roofs of their homes with helicopters and boats. Regional Secretary of Emergency Services Steph Cook said 300,000 people in the state of New South Wales should be ready to go to safety in a short period of time if necessary. He asked those affected: “Please pack a bag and your mobile phone and charger”.
The trigger for extreme weather is a low pressure area that is only moving slowly. It is now moving from north to south. Meteorologists have warned that the metropolis of Sydney and the southern coast of New South Wales will have to be prepared for “heavy to very heavy rain”. Sydney, Down Under’s largest city, was recently flooded – according to experts, it was the worst summer in the metropolis in 30 years.
“The weather service and other officials are expecting more storms and more flooding throughout the week,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. The destruction in the city of Lismore is particularly great. “He was always used to flooding there, but he had never experienced anything like this in his life.”
The media spoke of a “historic calamity” across the state. Entire cities were “swallowed” by masses of water. In many houses, brown water climbed up to the roof.
Meanwhile, clean-up work was in full swing in the neighboring state of Queensland. The Brisbane metropolis and areas of Jimpy and Maryborough as well as the Sunshine Coast were also affected by the floods. Some areas received as much rain in a few days as would normally happen in a whole year. In Gympai, the water rose to the height of utility poles: photos show a quad bike hanging high from a power line after the flooding subsides.
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