Heavy rains have hit the two Australian states namely Queensland and New South Wales after the ex-cyclone Debbie. The cyclone has created a havoc in these two states causing damage to life and property worth billions of dollars.
Due to the heavy floods, an estimated five people have lost their lives in both the states and the number seems to increase further. The ex-cyclone Debbie has destroyed northern regions of Queensland and resulted in heavy rainfall to areas like Sydney.
The floods are rising continuously in southeast regions of Queensland and north-eastern NSW regions.
Rockhampton region experiencing huge floods
The Rockhampton town is experiencing huge flooding in the areas where the floods were reported to be “once in hundred year event.”
There was estimated 400 mm rainfall recorded since last 24 hours and another 200 mm rainfall is expected to fall till Thursday.
The water level in Rockhampton town has reached the height of 9 meters and about 5,000 properties, buildings in that area were at risk.
This was the worst flood that has struck the town since past 60 years and 8,000 properties and 20,000 lives were affected due to flooding in the town.
Destruction of life and properties
Annastacia Palaszczuk, an Australian politician and 39th premier of Queensland said: “It is too early to estimate the destruction caused to lives and properties such as roads, crops, buildings etc, and the destruction needs prompt repairs after the floods. The Insurance Council of Australia said there are more than 13,000 claims that link to the weather conditions caused by cyclones. Rob Whelan, the CEO of ICA said: “The storms and flooding have affected many areas of Queensland and NSW due to which there was $1.2 billion loss.” The ICA authorities have started the search and rescue operations, including the families that have been washed away by floods.
Also, the authorities have warned against the consumption of contaminated water containing sewage, debris and chemical composition that can pose threat to our health.