Flooding affects many parts of Australia | Videos

  • 13-October-2022

Due to heavy torrential downpours in Australia's southeast cities, including the coastal capital Melbourne, which is home to about five million people, about 500 homes have been reported to have been inundated, while another 500 have been isolated. Officials are said to have issued evacuation orders in the affected areas.

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Regions in Victoria state are experiencing a "very, very, significant rainfall event, and it comes, of course, with the ground completely sodden," according to Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews, as quoted by news agency AP. The number of houses affected by flooding is expected to rise as more rain is forecast in the coming week.

"The real challenge now is that we have another rain event coming up next week, and the Bureau (of Meteorology) is forecasting more rain over the next six to eight weeks, and it won't take much more water for there to be further flood events," Andrews added. "So this has only just begun, and it will be with us for a while."

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Approximately 4,700 homes were without power, and the State Emergency Service reported 108 flood rescues in the last two days. According to reports, approximately 20 people have died so far. Weather, according to service commander Josh Gamble, has been unprecedented, posing new challenges. "That is quite significant, and we haven't had that many flood rescues in a long time, in fact, for years," Gamble said.

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Authorities in New South Wales state said that about 500 people have been isolated or evacuated from the town of Forbes. Residents are moving to higher ground as river levels are expected to rise.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicted an above-average rainfall pattern in eastern Australia - La Nina - in September. It is the cooler side of the drying El Nio pattern. This is the third La Nina since 2019, which was Australia's driest and hottest year. Sydney, Australia's largest city, had its wettest year ever last week, breaking the 1950 record.

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