in The last eight days has the city of Townsville in northeastern Australia received more than a year of normal precipitation, and the forecasts are talking about at least six days of continued rain. Over 1,65 metres of rain has, according to the tv channel ABC recorded in Townsville, and thousands have had their homes destroyed.
Now called the military in to build the walls for the new regnmassor that is expected in a city which in nine days received 1.134 inches of rain – as much Townsville usually get in a year.
the old, is missing since they apparently fled from the police in connection with the looting of a liquor store. According to the Townsville Bulletin the fear of the authorities that they had it streaming the water down into a drain.
Two police officers were close to losing his life when their car was swept by the water. They both saved themselves by keeping themselves stuck in a tree until a rescue team in a boat could rescue them.
Authorities warn moreover to tornadoes in the coming days and urges residents to put themselves in safety. Another 20,000 houses in danger of being destroyed in the tempest, which also includes storms with wind speeds of up to 28 meters per second.
so far been destroyed by the floods. But that number is about to rise. Several smaller communities are completely isolated since the roads been swamped. The local emergency services in Townsville have evacuated 1,100 people in 24 hours.
"I have never experienced something similar to this," says Chris Brookehouse in Townsville to the australian public service channel ABC. His house is under a meter of water.
– the Amount of water is mind-boggling. Downstairs is completely destroyed, the fridge and the freezer are floating around, " he says.Residents in Townsville, Australia, the help of rescuers. Photo: Andrew Rankin/AAP
the situation even worse, reports the newspaper the Townsville Bulletin that several saltvattenkrokodiler appeared in the water in Townsville.
A dam near the city, Ross River Dam, had on Sunday reached 245 per cent of its capacity and the water had to be placed with 1.900 cubic metres in the second. On the Monday, had the pressure slightly decreased to 217% of the dam's capacity.
the Town suffered a similar heavy rains in 1998, which then was said to be the largest in living memory, and that would not be repeated, according to ABC. But it has, by far.
" this is not the biggest storm in 20 years, this is a hundraårsstorm, says the state of Queensland's prime minister, Annastacia Palaszczuk, according to AFP.
" this is unprecedented, we have never seen anything like this before.
the average Temperature in the country during January ended up over the 30 mark for the first time since statistics began to be kept, according to the Australian väderbyrå BOM. Among other things, had the town of Birdsville in western Queensland over 45 degrees ten days in a row.