- News South Wales floods have killed at least three people. Another victim was rescued in Queensland, where ten people have died so far.
- Hundreds of people in the state of New South Wales were waiting for help on the roofs of their homes on Monday evening (local time) and more than 50,000 homes were without electricity.
- Extreme weather forecast: Slow moving low pressure area – Weather service warns of “massive” hail and “devastating” winds.
Considering the dramatic situation in many areas, the authorities expect more casualties. New South Wales Deputy Prime Minister Paul Doole said, “In fact, we know we’re going to see more deaths in the coming days. This is a catastrophic event.”
Lismore Mayor Steve Creek described the situation as “life threatening”. More than 15,000 people in the area have already been evacuated to safer places. The mayor said the Australian news agency AAP said, “We have never seen anything like this here.
The trigger for extreme weather is a low pressure area that moves only slowly. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison spoke about a “crisis situation” and wanted to consult with the country’s emergency authorities on how to proceed. He promised financial and logistical assistance to the victims. According to the media, pessimistic scenes played out. Many Australians burst into tears.
There is no relaxation in the view situation
Emergency services continued to work tirelessly to help people in need. Hundreds of schools were closed and roads closed. Not clear yet.
Meteorologists have forecast heavy rains with flooding, especially around the Australian city of Sydney and in southeastern Queensland. The Queensland Meteorological Service warned of “big hail” and “devastating winds” on Twitter.
Australia has been particularly hard hit by climate change. By mid-January, large parts of the Town Under were still sweating under the merciless heat. In the west of the country, values above 50 degrees have been recorded in some cases.
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