Storms in eastern Australia killed at least 10 people, including a child
At least ten persons, including a nine-year-old girl, died during severe thunderstorms on Christmas and Boxing Day in eastern Australia. Tens of thousands of individuals remain without power in the state of Queensland, where the majority of the fatalities occurred. Both New South Wales and Victoria experienced extensive inundation and destructive winds.
Although additional thunderstorms are predicted, conditions are anticipated to improve the following day. In certain areas, the winds were so intense that they caused damage to structures such as roofs, trees, and concrete electricity poles by ripping them from the ground.
“The fact that a storm has devastated a concrete power pole for the first time is quite remarkable.” “That is unprecedented,” said Steven Miles, premier of Queensland.
A number of New South Wales and South Australia residents were taken aback this summer to discover golf-ball-sized hailstones covering their lawns. A local of Melrose, South Australia, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, “I haven’t witnessed anything comparable in probably the twenty years I’ve lived in the town.”
The most recent cyclones occur over a week after significant flooding ravaged various regions of Queensland as a result of Cyclone Jasper, wherein certain areas were drenched for over a year in a matter of days.
According to Mr. Miles, the devastation caused by both storms could cost billions of dollars. They follow a string of heatwaves that have lately caused bushfires in several states, including New South Wales.
At this time, the nation is grappling with an El Nino weather phenomenon, a phenomenon commonly linked to severe occurrences like cyclones and wildfires.
It is becoming increasingly apparent that we are living in an era of intensifying climate consequences, according to sources informed by Simon Bradshaw, director of research at the Climate Council (an independent communications organisation), as the events of this summer thus far come into focus.
Australia has experienced a succession of catastrophic events in recent times, including prolonged periods of record-breaking flooding, six instances of mass bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef, and severe drought and bushfires.
Unless immediate action is taken to curtail climate change, a future of worsening disasters is probable, according to the most recent report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
One of the ten individuals who perished in the severe weather conditions that occurred between Christmas and Boxing Day was a nine-year-old girl named Mia Holland-McCormack by local media. Her remains were discovered in a flooded storm sewer subsequent to her disappearance.
“Mia delighted in mischief and adventure,” reads a relative’s statement on a GoFundMe page created to assist Mia’s family in the wake of her passing.
A capsize of a yacht near Moreton Bay, off the coast of Brisbane, resulted in the drowning of three individuals. Eight additional individuals required rescue from the water.
It is believed that a male whose remains were discovered in the Gippsland region of Victoria was camping with a woman who was also murdered.
Two women were discovered deceased in a storm drain north of Brisbane, having been carried away by floodwaters; two others had been struck by falling trees.