Intense rains due to monsoon have instigated severe flooding in some areas of Queensland, Australia which further caused forced evacuation of the local populace.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said a lot of rain falling over the Townsville catchment in Queensland.
The coastal city of Townsville sees how cars and livestock swept away and emergency services evacuated residents on rafts.
The met officials issued the warning that if downpours continue with the same rate then it can destroy more than 20,000 homes. They also predicted more rains in coming days.
A dam in the area also reached its maximum level and water is releasing from it to avoid any strain. Northern Queensland usually sees monsoon rain from December to April as it has a tropical climate. However, the recent situation in the Townsville area seems occasional.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that they have not “been in this situation before”. They experienced “a lot of rain falling over the Townsville catchment and some of these levels are unprecedented”. The army is trying to shield homes by putting sandbags.
A Resident Chris Brookehouse told about the incredible volume of water which hit the house. Downstairs has removed, “the fridge and freezer are floating. Another five or six steps and upstairs are gone too”.
One part is suffering from rains while parts of southern Australian are experiencing a severe drought.
Bushfires hit the southern state of Tasmania, while January remains the record hottest month for Australia altogether.
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