Flood in Victoria

January 17, 2011 | Natural Disasters, Top News

The state of Victoria in Australia is currently experiencing a significant flooding with 46 of its towns heavily affected by the heavy rainfall.  Around 1600 properties and 3500 residents on its south eastern part have been evacuated as the Wimmera River levels continue to rise.

An estimated 20,000 people have been without power. The flood water also destroyed farms and crops estimated to be hundreds of millions of dollars. With more heavy rains expected to come this week, the other rivers in Victoria may overflow and cause flash floods in north eastern portion of the state.

In New South Wales, around 7,000 people in Grafton have been isolated due to flooding. Those affected by severe storms were residents in low-lying areas and near the river banks.

As a result of the flooding in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, the cost of living in Australia is expected to rise. The impact to the economy is considered to be the largest in history.  Mining and agriculture are the major industries heavily affected by the flood crisis and it would take time for them to recover. The destruction of infrastructure in the flood-stricken areas will also have major impacts on the transport systems.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard offered sympathy and financial assistance for all of those affected by the flood crisis. In one of her interviews she said, “We’re going to have to work through those economic effects as we move through the clean-up and recovery phase into rebuilding the infrastructure and getting communities back on their feet.”

Related story:  http://journalweek.com/the-global-flood-crisis/

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