Cyclone brings floods, crocodile sightings in Australia’s northeast – Times of India

Cyclone brings floods, crocodile sightings in Australia's northeast - Times of India

Sydney: Flooding due to heavy rain in wake of former tropical storm Cyclone Jasper I cut through several towns popular with tourists. AustraliaNortheast along the Great Barrier Reef on Monday, with a crocodile caught in a storm drain.
Jasper dumped months of rain on far north Queensland state over the weekend, forcing some people to flee their homes and crowd onto rooftops to escape fast-rising rivers.
“The problem is the rain won’t stop and until it subsides, we can’t get air support to remote locations,” state Premier Steven Miles told ABC television.
“We see a lot of natural disasters and this is the worst I can remember.”
Jasper was downgraded to a tropical low last week after leaving a trail of destruction across the state.
In Ingham, a town of about 5,000 people flooded, conservation officials caught a 2.8-meter (9-foot) alligator in a storm drain by a gas station, media clips showed.
However, crocodile sightings in northern Queensland are more common in rural areas in rivers, lakes and swamps.
Cairns, the gateway town to the Great Barrier Reef and home to more than 150,000 people, received about 600 millimeters (24 inches) of rain in the 40 hours to early Monday. This is more than three times the December average of 182 mm (7.17 in).
All flights from Cairns airport were canceled or postponed, with pictures on social media showing planes partially submerged on the tarmac.
The airport’s chief executive, Richard Barker, told Sky News that water pumps had been pumping out water since Sunday but “it’s still not keeping up with the amount of water.”
Dean, who lives just north of Cairns Airport, and gave only one name, told ABC radio he had to shelter on his kitchen bench for about four hours before being taken to a house where 30 people They were gathered on the roof waiting for the rescue boats.
“Children, old people, dogs and cats on the roof of this poor man, who had just installed brand new solar panels…it was a very difficult journey to avoid the fast-flowing water and debris,” he said. was.”
The effect of El Nino
Weather officials are predicting more rain, as Jasper is expected to continue into Monday, with some areas expected to receive up to 300 millimeters (12 inches) of rain within six hours. Major flood warnings have been issued, with rivers breaking records dating back to 1977.
More than 14,000 properties across the region lost power.
Prime Minister Anthony Albany said that the defense forces are ready to start defense and relief activities.
Australia is now experiencing an El Nino weather phenomenon, which can spark extremes from bushfires to tropical cyclones and prolonged droughts.
As the northeast battles flooding, Australia’s southeast, by contrast, is on bushfire alert and some Sydney suburbs are expected to reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) on Tuesday. Is.

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