Brisbane airport flooded after record rain, crocodiles seen

Brisbane airport flooded after record rain, crocodiles seen

Brisbane airport flooded after record rain, crocodiles seen

Authorities predict that the unprecedented precipitation in far north Queensland is contributing to extensive inundation, which will be the worst in the history of the Australian region. While thousands of individuals have been evacuated, others are still stranded.

In some regions, a tropical cyclone-induced storm has deposited precipitation equivalent to an entire year’s worth. People are depicted fleeing their homes in boats, aircraft are seen submerged at Cairns airport, and a crocodile is spotted in the centre of a town in images from the area. No fatalities or missing persons have been reported as of yet.

Rain is anticipated to remain intense for an additional twenty-four hours. A considerable number of individuals have been rescued despite the devastation of roads and power, the inundation of numerous residences, and the diminishing availability of potable water.

More than 2 metres of precipitation have fallen on the city of Cairns since the onset of the weather event. Premier of Queensland Steven Miles described the natural catastrophe to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as “roughly the worst I can recall.”

According to the locals of Cairns, he reported that they had never before observed anything comparable. It goes without saying that a resident of far north Queensland would utter such a thing.

Getting those stranded in rising waters to safety, as in the remote town of Wujal Wujal, located approximately 175 kilometres (110 miles) north of Cairns, was his immediate concern. Because emergency personnel were unable to reach them, nine individuals, including a sick infant, spent the night on the roof of the hospital.

Although the group was repositioned to a different location on Monday, Mr. Miles stated that the town as a whole would now require evacuation.

Following this, there are further considerations pertaining to infrastructure such as roads, electricity, telecommunications, potable water, and sanitation; a considerable portion of these roads are impassable, thereby impeding the entry of aerial support.

The torrential downpour, which coincided with a high tide and lasted for the majority of Monday, intensified the effects on low-lying communities, according to forecasters. Although the precipitation is anticipated to gradually abate by Tuesday, the rivers have not yet reached their maximum levels and will continue to be distended for several days.

Several rivers are anticipated to surpass records established in 1977 during a catastrophic flood event. For instance, the Daintree River has surpassed its previous record by 2 metres subsequent to the accumulation of 820mm of precipitation within a twenty-four-hour period. The state estimates that the catastrophe will cause a loss of at least A$1 billion (£529,000; $670,000).

Recent years have been marked by frequent inundation in Eastern Australia, and the continent is currently experiencing an El Nino weather event, which is commonly linked to catastrophic occurrences like cyclones and wildfires.

Six mass bleaching events on the Great Barrier Reef, severe drought, and historic bushfires have beset Australia in recent years, which has also been beset by record-breaking flooding.

Without immediate action to curtail climate change, a future rife with worsening disasters is probable, according to the most recent report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).