The exceptional floods that hit southeastern Australia caused a wide range of animals and insects to population centers, and many homes were literally overrun by spiders. CNN reports it.
The area has been raining since last Thursday but the situation became particularly severe last Saturday, after water overflowed through a dam’s catchment which rivers added during flooding.
New South Wales (NSW) Premier Gladys Berejiklian said nearly 18,000 people had been evacuated from the state’s flood-affected areas and locals posted pictures of thousands of animals fleeing on social media. .
One resident posted a photo of thousands of spiders and insects trying to get to his home, he said and told CNN they experienced similar floods in March 2001 and March 2013. On both occasions, floodwaters pushed the spiders toward the property’s point home. “The tree is full of snakes,” he added. “If you go by boat, they swim towards you to get on, try to dry.” Another resident posted a video on facebook with hundreds of spiders crawling through what appeared to be the garage door.
Flooding is not uncommon in Australia but a current natural disaster happens “every 100 years”, and is the first time it has happened in the midst of a pandemic. Rain forecast will continue for the next few days.
About 18,000 people have been evacuated in the past few hours in the Australian state of New South Wales as heavy rains continue to land on the east coast of the country. According to reports from the BBC, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has offered cash assistance to families forced to leave their homes. For his part, State Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian stressed that so far no victims have been reported: “A miracle – she said – with what we are going through”. But the damage was enormous in an area where about a third of Australians 25 million people live. Endless rains flooded rivers and on Saturday the Warragamba Dam – the main reservoir for Sydney – began to overflow for the first time in years. Berejiklian recounts that many of the communities affected by bad weather experienced a drought-related forest fire tragedy last summer. “To the best of my knowledge – Berejiklian continued – the state (of New South Wales) has never experienced such severe, consecutive severe weather conditions in the midst of a pandemic.” So far, emergency services have rescued at least 750 people, including a family, who had been helicopter from the roof of their sunken home. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology reports that in some areas, precipitation is “unusual”, with a peak of 900 mm. (HANDLING).
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