Extreme thunderstorms along with heavy rains drenched the bushfires on the east coast, on Friday. The rain came in the right time and relieved the drained firefighters, and exhausted farmers combating years of drought.
Rain will help massively in the containment
Australia, known for its immaculate beaches and fauna, has been struggling with bushfires since September. The fire has resulted in the killing of 29 people and millions of animals and wrecking more than 2,500 homes while scorching an area roughly a third the size of Germany.
New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland, which are the three of the most affected states by bushfires and drought embraced the pouring rain with ‘both hands’ this week. However, fire services have said that the falls are not going to extinguish all the blazes, but will help massively in the containment.
“Our fingers are crossed that this continues over the coming days,” New South Wales’ fire services stated on Twitter on Friday.
Forecast of Serious storms have been issued, which can continue in many fire-affected regions of Queensland and New South Wales, including areas that have not experienced heavy falls in many years, Bureau of Meteorology in NSW said, slightly easing the state’s condition of a three-year drought.
Relief from Air Pollution
A cattle farmer of a town near Guyra in northern NSW, Sam White said, “The recent rain has just been absolutely fantastic.” Adding to it, White stated, “It’s producing significant amounts of runoff, which is what we need, and it’s getting into our dams.”
While the wet weather relieved firefighters and drought-struck farmers, it also poses dangers, such as flash flooding and falling trees which were structurally damaged by the blistering bushfires. One wildlife park was seen rescuing koalas from floodwaters and beating back crocodiles with brooms.
The heavy downpours have resulted in clearing the blanket of smoke from Australian air. However, Sydney, Canberra, and Melbourne maintained their names in the list of world’s top 100 polluted cities, according to AirVisual’s pollution ranking for major global cities.
Melbourne, covered by a thick smoke earlier this week resulted in disruption of qualifying matches of the Australian Open and other sports competitions. The area is expected to again be sheathed by unhealthy air over the weekend when the grand slam begins.
For weeks, the smoke haze that is plaguing major cities of Australia. And NASA has been tracking it circumnavigating the globe using its satellites. The satellites have also shown a large concentration of lower smoke over the Pacific Ocean, on Thursday.
What has happened so far?
- 82 fires were burning across New South Wales and several fires in Victoria early Friday, among which 30 were uncontained, as per fire authorities.
- An order was issued regarding emergency evacuation for parts of Victoria’s northeast with an uncontrollable bushfire endangering the Buffalo River Valley.
- On Friday, firefighters, family and the local community of Holbrook in NSW bid farewell to Samuel McPaul, a 28-year-old volunteer who perished in December while tackling a big and quick-moving blaze.
- According to Australia’s weather bureau, the country will have to wait until March for rains that are heavy enough that will result in sustained relief from dry weather that has aided savage bushfires.
- Australia’s peak tourism body estimated a loss of almost $1 billion ($690 million) due to the country’s bushfire crisis.
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