Tuesday, April 16

Floods in Australia leave two dead and thousands displaced

  • Rainfall does not give truce to the oceanic country and punishes the east coast again

At least two people have lost their lives as a result of the floods that hit eastern Australia again, while the authorities have issued this Tuesday the evacuation order for 14,500 people from various locations. This strong storm of rain and wind comes just weeks after the serious flooding that inundated towns such as Lismore for days, some 600 kilometers north of Sydney, where clean-up work was still being carried out after the previous disaster.

The current preventive evacuation orders are focused precisely on the inhabitants of Lismore, as well as the city of Ballina and other towns in the Northern Rivers region, authorities said today. “Many buildings in Lismore, especially those that were flooded a month ago, will flood again” as a result of these storms that will last for several days, the Minister for Flood Recovery for the state of New South Wales told the media. , Steph Cook. The Meteorology Office for its part warned that the intense rains that fall on the north coast of New South Wales could trigger “flash flooding that are possibly life-threatening.

The current storm affects the northern part of New South Wales and the southern part of Queensland, practically the same region hit between the end of February and the beginning of March by the floods that then claimed 22 lives. “We are all emotionally and physically exhausted, especially those directly affected by the latest flooding, but we can weather it together as a community,” Ballina Councilmember Kiri Dicker said on social media.

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Queensland emergency services reported two deaths, one on Monday and another fatality on Tuesday.

These new floods come after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned in a report published earlier this month that Australia will face “major impacts” and “irreversible changes” to its natural systems due to the climate crisis. Experts have warned for years that Australia will increasingly suffer from extreme heat and forest fires as a result of climate change, as well as rising water levels, risks of flooding and ocean acidification.


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