Few headlines were sparked by food crises that ravaged Madagascar, Ethiopia and Haiti Climate change was responsible for the majority of under-reported humanitarian disasters last year, according to analysis of more than a million online news stories. were affected by food crises in countries ravaged by by drought and hurricanes such as Ethiopia and Haiti, yet neither crisis generated more than 1,000 global news stories each.
Almost overnight we have transitioned from drought to a flood disaster zone. There are kangaroos dead in trees, birds drowned in drifts of silt and our beloved bovine family perished in huddled piles After what can only be described as an environmental massacre of mammoth proportions throughout the whole of north-west Queensland, the people of this country are heartbroken. We live on a family cattle station 60km north of Cloncurry, where we have just received 700mm-plus of rain over seven days, with the majority of that falling over four days. This extreme weather event, , has decimated much of our native wildlife, along with our domestic livestock. They were constantly exposed to wind and cold driving rain for far too long. The majority of the country was either covered in flood water or churned into a bog, making their feed inaccessible.
Up to 10 others in intensive care after exposure to melioidosis during clean-up Receding flood waters after Queensland’s once-in-a-century monsoonal deluge have left people exposed to a disease that has already killed one person in Townsville. Up to 10 more people have been infected by melioidosis, a soil-borne bacteria which has been stirred up by heavily contaminated flood waters.
For graziers who sweated to keep their herds alive, praying for rain, the scale of the flood is hard to take • Out the back of Mount Isa, in late January, the locals marked a wry milestone. For an unbroken stretch of 43 stinking afternoons, the temperature at Cloncurry and Camooweal had topped 40C. The herds of cattle in Queensland’s north-west, the ones that had survived through six years of drought, started to show signs of severe heat stress. They became thinner, weaker.
There’s grown tough men I know who have been reduced to tears. And I’m one of them.
Kingston, an Akita, jumped out of the Ballejos family’s truck as they escaped the town of Paradise A dog named Kingston is back with his family 101 days after he jumped out of their truck as they fled a devastating . The 12-year-old Akita was reunited Monday with the Ballejos family, who fled the late last year, the Sacramento television station KXTV reported.
Flood risk in the region likely to increase by 130% by end of century, modelling shows Houses in flood-hit Townsville and other parts of north Queensland are “on track to become uninsurable”, according to analysis that shows the risk to homes from flooding will more than double under climate change. The modelling, based on current global emissions trajectories, says flooding in Townsville is already about 20% more to likely to occur than previously thought. The total flood risk in the region is likely to increase by 130% by the end of the century.
High temperatures and strong winds fan infernos in state’s north-east as Hunter Valley area faces extreme fire danger The fire danger in New South Wales will peak within hours as firefighters battle more than 30 blazes across the state with some rural properties under threat. Watch-and-act alerts were issued for bushfires at Warrabah near Tamworth and Tingha Plateau in the state’s north-east with Fire and Rescue NSW warning fire activity was increasing in the area.
EMERGENCY WARNING: Tingha Plateau fire (Inverell LGA) - Fire has crossed Thunderbolts Way. Properties between Lake Copeton & Tingha are under threat. Firefighters undertaking property protection. Seek shelter as the fire front approaches.
After years of drought graziers were elated when the rain came. Now floods have created a humanitarian crisis In north-west Queensland it hadn’t rained, any decent rain, for more than five years. When the downpour finally came last week, graziers were elated. Now it’s feared up to 500,000 cattle, mostly from severely drought-stressed herds, have been killed in widespread flood waters.
An estimated 3,000 people have been evacuated due to a huge blaze on the northern tip of the South Island Fires that have ravaged parts of New Zealand over the last week could still be burning well into March, fire chiefs have warned. Firefighters “turned a corner” in fighting the Tasman blaze on Sunday night, after working for seven days to contain the fire, which started last Tuesday.