Floods from torrential rains that haven’t been seen in decades in eastern Australia have killed at least six people. Since Monday, heavy rains have hit the eastern part of the country, submerging entire buildings, causing flash floods, road floods and car washes. Brisbane Mayor Adrian Schrinner described the meteorological phenomenon as a “shower bomb” in southeastern Queensland.
Queensland is famous for its sunshine, so more than 300 mm of rainfall has been recorded in some areas in the last 24 hours. The ambulance crew is overwhelmed. Recently, there are 100 requests for assistance per hour.
According to state police, a 34-year-old man died after a car was flooded on Sunday afternoon. He managed to escape from the car by swimming, looking for a cape for safety, but was swept away. His body was discovered shortly thereafter. Police continue to search for a man in his 70s who fell into the river in Brisbane on Friday. Some of the missing men were washed away by a sudden flood in New South Wales.
In Gympie, the Mary River has exceeded 22 m, the highest water level since the 1880s. 700 residents were evacuated and 5,700 homes lost electricity.
The shower is heading to the very residential area of southern Queensland this Sunday. The Prime Minister of Anastasia Parasek has brought home residents of Brisbane, the third largest city in the country. She warned that more than 1,400 homes were already at risk of flooding.
“This rain bomb is really … relentless, she searched for and summarized her words. Fall into a bucket! To prove the seriousness of the situation, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a press conference in Anastasia Parasek. He attended, “it will be a very disturbing night in Brisbane as it continues to rain,” he warned.
School closed and transportation stopped
A major water treatment plant has been closed. As of Sunday afternoon, more than 28,000 homes were not powered across the state. All the bustling Gold and Sunshine Coast beaches are not open to the public. More than 100 schools in southeastern Queensland have been closed as a precautionary measure and many public transport systems have been shut down. Hundreds of roads and streets are blocked, including the busiest highways. There is growing concern about landslides in wetlands.
Rain continues on Monday before the storm system moves to New South Wales. Although expected to decline, some of the endangered communities in the northeastern part of Australia’s most populous state have already been told to evacuate.
After years of drought and wildfires exacerbated by climate change, eastern Australia experienced a very rainy summer due to the La Nina phenomenon, a cold air current that reverses the El Nino meteorological phenomenon in Pacific waters.