Communities in three different states of Australia have been asked to evacuate as a result of the severe floods caused by the continuous rain.
There has been as much as four times the typical rainfall for the month of October in certain areas of the nation in only the last 24 hours.
As the crisis continues to develop, at least 500 houses have been flooded, one person has been confirmed dead, and another is still missing.
This year, more than 20 people have been murdered as a result of widespread flooding throughout Australia, which was triggered by a weather system known as La Nia.
This week, the biggest damage has been done in Victoria, which is the second most populated state in Australia. An evacuation order has been issued for a number of localities, some of which are located inside the state capital of Melbourne.
Roads have been completely submerged, schools have been closed, and floods have caused the electricity to be cut off to 3,000 homes and businesses.
Premier Daniel Andrews called it one of the worst flood storms to hit the state in decades and predicted that the number of houses that were flooded will “absolutely certain” continue to rise.
During an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, he said, “This has just just begun, and it’s going to be with us for a long.”
One of individuals whose homes has been submerged is Barry Webster, who lives in the north-west of Melbourne.
In an interview with The Age, he said, “I always said I wanted riverside vistas, but not like this.”
“Going downstairs and seeing the lounge floating is a little bit odd, almost like a movie,” the speaker said.
The greatest 24-hour rainfall total was recorded in Strathbogie, which is located to the north-east of Melbourne. Other regions also experienced very high totals.
It got 220 millimeters, which is more than twice as much rain as the town usually gets in October and is equivalent to almost a third of London’s yearly normal.
In Tasmania, many rivers have flooded as a result of the up to 400 millimeters of rain that poured in some parts in only one day. There is a lack of clarity on the number of houses and businesses that have been impacted by this.
In the state of New South Wales, it was recommended that around 600 people leave the town of Forbes, as it was anticipated that approximately 250 homes and businesses would be impacted by flooding.
At the beginning of this week, a guy passed away in the western part of the state as the floods engulfed his vehicle.
A guy is believed to have been washed away on Tuesday as a result of circumstances quite similar to this, and rescuers have been looking for him.
The prognosis calls for further rain in the coming weeks, which will put more pressure on rivers that are already overflowing and terrain that is already wet.
The most recent floods in Australia is being blamed on climate change as well as the weather phenomena known as La Nia, according to experts. The risk of rain, cyclones, and daytime temperatures that are lower in Australia is increased when a La Nia is present.