to updateAt least seven people, including a 9-year-old girl, were killed in severe storms that hit eastern Australia. A firefighter died in the west of the country. Several people are missing.
A 59-year-old woman was killed when a tree fell on the eastern Gold Coast, south of Brisbane, Queensland. All help also came too late for a 9-year-old girl who was swept away. A man was fatally injured by a falling tree branch in the town of Caringal, east of Melbourne, in the state of Victoria.
Furthermore, a boat with eleven passengers on board capsized off the coast of Brisbane. Eight people were rescued and two others drowned. One crew member is still missing.
Three women were swept away by rainwater in Gympie, also in Queensland. One woman survived the accident and another was killed. The third woman has not yet been found. In Queensland, about 100,000 households were without electricity due to damage to the energy infrastructure.
The Australian Meteorological Service warned of heavy rain and thunderstorms for several days. At Christmas, rain caused flooding in the capital, Sydney, submerging streets and buildings. The storm will not subside until Wednesday.
Drought and forest fires
Western Australia is suffering from drought and bushfires. A firefighter has died during an operation near Perth. The young man fell from a fire truck on Tuesday for an unknown reason. Several fires are burning in the state of Western Australia, whose capital is Perth. There is an unusual heat wave at this time of year.
A report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in February 2022 estimates that Australia will be more likely to experience devastating natural phenomena in the future.
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