In the last two weeks, a series of rainstorms so severe that they have earned themselves an ominous nickname that reflects the “rain bombs.” now dominating the Australian east coast.
The Prince of Wales expressed sympathy to Australians whose lives have been ‘devastated’ by the latest flooding and praised the ‘selfless’ efforts of rescue service personnel.
Daily cases in NSW could more than double in six weeks from the current level of about 15.000, Health Minister Brad Hazzard said Wednesday at a Budget estimates hearing.
Charles continued, ‘From the other side of the world we witnessed the valiant efforts of volunteers in small boats rescuing trapped neighbours and strangers alike.
The Federal government on Friday said it would invest A $2.1 billion ($1.55 billion) to purchase vaccines and safety kits and to subsidize rapid antigen tests to treat COVID-19 and influenza before the winter of the Southern Hemisphere, amid concern that the two viruses will circulate at the same time as social isolation requirements are lifted.
More than 20.000 homes and businesses have been flooded in southeast Queensland, with Sydney, the capital of New South Wales and Australia’s largest city with five million inhabitants enjoying its wettest start to a year.
What goes next? Flooding keeps on, and the thousands of homes that have been damaged or destroyed will be in for a long recovery.
Some communities experienced the highest flooding registered in their places ever.