One-in-100-year floods have struck a region in northwestern Australia, forcing military aircraft to fly residents out of flood-ravaged areas.
The former tropical cyclone Ellie brought rain to parts of Western Australia in just a few days, triggering the crisis in Western Australia’s Kimberley Region.
Airlifting supplies and evacuation of residents in towns like Fitzroy Crossing was a major task for military aircraft. It is home to approximately 1,000 people.
It was described by authorities as an “one-in-100” flood event. The prime minister of the country pledged to rebuild infrastructure and repair homes as he visited remote communities that were affected by the floods.
Stephen Dawson, Minister for Emergency Services in Western Australia, stated that the Kimberley is experiencing the worst floods Western Australia has ever seen in its history.
He said that water was everywhere and flood waters could stretch for 31 miles (50 km) in certain areas, with inundation going “as far the eye can see”.
Anthony Albanese, Prime Minister, stated that it was too early to estimate the total cost of rebuilding damaged highways and bridges. However, he said that the final figure would be “very large”.
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This flooding comes after a year of unusually wet weather, which brought four major floods to parts of the country’s eastern regions.
Floods have destroyed bridges and highways as authorities warn that evacuation centres are not equipped to handle the large number of people who have been displaced.
According to authorities, the Great Northern Highway that connects the country’s vast northern regions is in danger. The Great Northern Highway was damaged by the Fitzroy River, which flooded floodplains, with water extending for miles from the riverbed at times.
State authorities announced on Sunday that more than 280 people were relocated or evacuated from the area.
Geoff Haerewa (president of the Derby and West Kimberly Shire) said Monday on 6PR Radio that Fitzroy Crossing’s evacuation center did not have sufficient toilets or facilities for 300 people.
Monday’s promise by Mr Albanese was to pay A$10,000 (PS5,700), for repairs to homes and the equivalent amount to replace household items.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, 2022 was the ninth-wettest recorded year.