Exclusive: Before last year’s catastrophic fire season, Victorians at ‘extreme’ risk had unrealistic expectations of help Residents in Victorian towns at highest risk of bushfire went into the most recent bushfire season – which was unprecedented in intensity and devastation – believing firefighting aircraft and vehicles would save them if their lives and property were under threat. Documents obtained by Guardian Australia under freedom of information reveal 1,042 people in households classified as being at “extreme” bushfire risk were interviewed about their bushfire preparedness as part of research for the Country Fire Authority (CFA).
The charity says $1,000 cash payments to survivors are too small and should be raised to $3,000 The St Vincent de Paul Society says the cash grants made available to bushfire survivors were too small, not flexible enough, and took too long to approve. In a submission to the royal commission into national natural disaster arrangements, the charity said the structures in place for delivering emergency aid were too restrictive and led to delays in cash being made available, which caused “reputational damage” to both charities delivering the funds and the federal government itself.
The coronavirus complicated response to the disastrous flood that swallowed a series of small communities in mid-Michigan when an ageing dam broke
Suzy Kastura had less than an hour to pack before the floodwaters gushed into her home in the central Michigan town of Midland. Her neighbor knocked on the door after , sending a deluge downstream toward the town where they live. They had to evacuate, fast.
Labor leader says deputy PM’s comment about activism is ‘entirely inappropriate’ after recent bushfires Anthony Albanese has demanded the deputy prime minister and Nationals leader, Michael McCormack, apologise for observing that a lot of people “set their hair on fire” about climate change, given the recent experience of the . The Labor leader said McCormack’s comment on Friday was “entirely inappropriate” given the government had conceded that climate change was one of the factors in the fires “that saw thousands of homes lost, that saw millions of hectares burnt, and that had a devastating impact on the communities of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia”.
Last Australian summer as the bushfires swept through the south coast of New South Wales, the small town of Mongarlowe found itself in the path of an enormous blaze, with very little resources to fight it. To save the town, the residents banded together and formed a very special firefighting crew – the Mosquito Army This episode was adapted from the Mosquito Army episode of From the Embers, .
State chief minister says areas of city will have to be rebuilt from scratch after deadly storm The Indian city of Kolkata has been left devastated by the worst cyclone it has seen in 100 years, which swept through India and Bangladesh on Wednesday and killed at least 84 people. Kolkata, home to almost 15 million people, bore the brunt of Cyclone Amphan, which tore roofs off buildings, smashed windows, pulled down trees and pylons and overturned cars.
Storms battered the South on Easter Sunday, killing at least 19 as several tornadoes spun up from Mississippi to South Carolina. Hundreds of homes were damaged, and the storms left nearly 750,000 without power.