Thousands of people have been forced to abandon their homes in Queensland and New South Wales in Australia last week due to torrential rains.
River flooding is one of the most common natural disasters in Australia. However, over the course of a single week, this storm accounted for more than a year’s worth of rain. Thousands of people have been displaced as a result of the flooding. It has also destroyed property, roads, and railways lines. Vehicles are stranded in muddy waters and houses have been swamped, requiring extensive rescue efforts.
Despite the fact that floods replenish Australia’s wetlands and contribute to the lifecycle of many plants and animals, they exact a hefty toll. The region has seen a scramble to protect and rescue Australia’s animals, similar to the rescue activities after the wildfires in 2020. Wires Animal Rescue, Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organization, has reported that they have rescued exhausted seabirds, wet possums, orphaned wallabies, and kangaroo joeys so far. Australian surfing legends Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning also assisted rescue efforts by distributing food, water, fuel, and other supplies on their boats and jet skis.
Jane Golding of Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology, in a press conference, said, “we are expecting to see storms produce large hail, damaging winds, and intense rainfall, so for an area under-recovery that is not great news.” Australia declared an emergency in January 2022 due to significant state flooding and the Covid pandemic. Commissioner of the South Australian Police Grant Stevens said, “This is the only occasion I am aware of where we have had two active major emergency declarations at the same time”.
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