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Australia is feeling the consequences of the climate crisis. Earlier this month, Sydney and the surrounding area were hit by record temperatures exceeding 40 degrees. Now it is the turn of the northeast of the country, where unprecedented rains have caused massive floods. Residents are forced to take refuge on the roofs of houses to escape drowning. There are other dangers because crocodiles suddenly appear to be swimming in the flooded streets. In many places, animals are in distress due to rising water levels.
Last night, hundreds of people had to be rescued due to the worst floods ever to hit the region. Emergency services are facing difficulties due to flooded roads. Air traffic has been halted, and it has become too dangerous for rescue helicopters to fly, RTL Today reports. Extreme weather is one consequence of the climate crisis that scientists have been warning about for decades. To this day, there are politicians who don’t want to listen to that. In the Netherlands, the Freedom Party, the biggest winner in the elections, wants to cancel all climate measures.
Cairns recorded more than 300mm of rain in 6 hours and more than 650mm in 19 hours, Miles said. For comparison: the average rainfall in the Netherlands is 853 mm in the entire year. Heavy rain is also expected on Monday. Miles said the natural disaster was “the worst I can remember.” “I spoke to locals in Cairns and they said they had never seen anything like this before.”
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