As experts forewarned of further downpours later this week, thousands of people in south-east Australia prepared themselves for new flooding on Tuesday as swelling rivers continued to flood farms, towns, and homes.
Around the border towns of Echuca on Friday, the Murray, Australia’s longest river that crosses the line between its two most populous states, New South Wales and Victoria, may hit an almost 30-year high. and Moama, which has a population of around 20,000, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s most recent report.
Emergency personnel increased sandbagging efforts and established rescue shelters in Moama, some 200 kilometers (120 miles) north of Melbourne, to assist shelter hundreds of evacuated inhabitants. More than a few thousand people have received warnings to be ready to flee their homes in northern Victoria and southern New South Wales.
Major flood warnings are still in effect for large portions of the Southeast since the area got more rain in two days last week than it typically gets in a month, despite the fact that the extreme weather has receded.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet urged locals to “be ready to flee, be ready to evacuate” despite the clear skies at a press conference. We anticipate a difficult time since both our rivers and dams are full.
Beginning Wednesday night, a low-pressure system is expected to bring up to 50 mm (2 inches) of rain to some of the flood-affected areas.
Jim Chalmers, the federal treasurer, issued a warning that flooding in agricultural regions might increase food prices and hinted at more relief expenditure before the budget is due the following week.
When some of the best farmland in the world gets flooded, crops clearly suffer. It also affects Australia’s cost of living, he said.
Near response to media claims that dairy farmers were disposing of their milk after their farms were cut off by rising water, plant-based beverage and dairy manufacturer Noumi, which processes milk at a facility in the inundated town of Shepparton, stated operations were functioning at reduced capacity.