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Five killed in storms and storms in eastern Australia

Five killed in storms and storms in eastern Australia

Storms and flooding caused significant damage in eastern Australia

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BAt least five people have died in severe storms in eastern Australia. Queensland State Police said, according to local media reports, on Tuesday, that among them was a nine-year-old girl who was swept away by floodwaters in a suburb of Brisbane and swept into the sewage system. A 59-year-old woman was killed by a tree on the Gold Coast and a man also died in the state.

The latter drowned in the sea after a boat capsized off Brisbane. Eight other prisoners were rescued, and two are still missing. In the state of Victoria, two people were killed as a result of the storm: In the town of Caringal, east of Melbourne, a man was fatally injured by a falling tree branch. To the north of the city, which is home to more than a million people, a woman died in a camp when a tree fell.

In Queensland, about 100,000 households were without power due to damage to power lines due to the storm, local utilities reported. The Australian Weather Service warned of heavy rain and thunderstorms across almost the entire east coast for several days. At Christmas, heavy rain caused flash flooding in Sydney, with streets and buildings submerged. Elsewhere it was welcoming. The storms should calm down on Wednesday.

On the other hand, the west of the megacontinent suffers from drought and forest fires. A member of the volunteer firefighting team was said to have died in an operation south-east of Perth. The young man fell from a fire truck on Tuesday for unknown reasons. The state of Western Australia is witnessing several fires, and its capital is Perth. Large parts of the state recently experienced an unseasonal heat wave with record temperatures.

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Australia is particularly affected by climate change. A February 2022 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change posits that the country will be hit by devastating natural events more frequently in the future.