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First casualties of Australian floods confirmed

Australian officials confirm first flood fatality


By Patryk Krych | The World Daily | MARCH 24st 2021


On Wednesday (24th of March), two bodies have been discovered trapped in their cars underwater – waters caused by severe flooding in Australia. These deaths mark the first casualties of the recent extreme weather crises occurring in the country.

Over the course of the past few days, flooding and extreme weather have become a severe and real issue for residents in Australia. With cars and houses ending up submerged by the deluge, and livestock being carried away by the floodwaters, access to many towns has been cut off and cases of missing people began to pop up.

“Catchments will continue to experience flows of water not seen in 50 years and in some places 100 years,” said premier of worst-hot state of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian. She warned that the crisis will only continue as floodwaters rise, and an increasing number of people are being put on an emergency evacuation watchlist.

The body of a Pakistani national was found six metres of water in North-Western Australia by the emergency services. Police have been trying to get into contact with any known kin or family of the man, whose body was locked inside of a car.

“It could very well be that the electrics totally failed and he was simply unable to escape from the car which is an absolute tragedy,” said New South Wales Police Detective Inspector Chris Laird.

Laird told the media that it had been determined that the man was driving a brand-new car on his potential first day of a new job. His unfamiliarity with the area may have been what contributed to his demise. Investigations are being launched into the exact causes for which he couldn’t escape his vehicle during the flood.

The second body was reportedly found in Queensland state, having been trapped inside an upturned vehicle stuck in the raging floodwaters.

Residents of Sydney’s western regions have been warned by authorities to move safely through the areas, as the heavy rains that caused the flash-floods are not expected to finish yet. Thus far, at least 40,000 people have had to evacuate their homes to flee the floods.

Clean-up has begun in certain areas where the effects of the floods have somewhat eased, with emergency supplies and services coming in as well.


The damages are rather high, with around 17,000 damage insurance claims worth about A$254.2 million having been lodged all across Wednesday morning through both New South Wales and Queensland, according to the Insurance Council of Australia.

“The expanse of water that went right across that region was quite devastating to see,” said Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who added that helicopters would be transporting payloads of food and supplies to supermarkets in the areas of the country where land access had been cut off.

Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud stated that personnel from the defence force would also be sent out to such areas to assist in any way they can with recovery process. “Their job will be out there cleaning up, making sure that we get rid of the debris, having boots on the ground,” said Littleproud.

According to forecasters, the extreme weather may be moving towards the island state of Tasmania next, though whether the rains will be extreme enough to bring about more flash-floods is currently not known.


By Patryk Krych | © The World Daily 2021