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Australians are currently experiencing the consequence of La Nina phenomenon. What is that? La Nina develops when strong winds blow warm surface water of the Pacific Ocean away. Cold water replaces the warm water and causes cyclones.
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It began raining in Queensland and New South Wales in February and the rain continues to fall. On February 24th, rain caused destruction in Brisbane in just a few hours. Around 792 millimetres of rain fell in three days which is a new record. The previous record for Queensland was 600 millimetres in 1974.
Then, the rain moved to New South Wales and caused massive floods and mud damage in Lismore and neighbouring towns. A resident in Lismore says, “Our fuel has run out, our water is about to run out and the one supermarket left has no food on its shelves.” After the 2017 floods, last year’s bushfires and COVID, many businesses will not recover from this new disaster.
Rescue services are working night and day to help people who are trapped in their houses. People have climbed onto their roofs to escape the rising waters. But there are so many people to rescue that citizens with boats are helping the professionals.
To date, the natural disaster has killed 17 people, flooded more than 34,000 in Queensland and New South Wales. Citizens are trying to clean their homes and salvage their possessions, but the rain keeps falling. When will it stop?
One victim says, “I see on Twitter that the Prime Minister is calling this flood a natural disaster. But there is nothing natural about it. This is climate change in action, and pretending we aren’t experiencing a climate catastrophe right now is dangerously irresponsible.”
Annastacia Palaszczuk, the premier of Queensland has asked for $1.55 million donation from the government. The money will go to people without homes. It will pay for food, water, mental and physical health treatment and accommodation.
The weather bulletin predicts that the sun will return at the end of the week. Good weather won’t repair the damage, but it will be easier to clean up and rebuild if the rain stops. Our thoughts are with the Australians during this difficult time.
currently = actuellement
to blow = souffler
previous = précédent
a flood = une inondation
mud = boue
neighbouring = voisin
bushfires = feux de brousse
to trap = coincer
a roof = un toit
to rise = monter
to date = à ce jour
to salvage = récupérer ou sauver
health = la santé