A “rain bomb” has been working its way across Australia, granting great relief upon firefighters and aid workers who were endeavouring to stop the fires wreaking havoc on the bush.
So far in Australia, though the bushfires have begun to subside in many parts of the country, untold damage has been caused as over an estimated billion animals have died, more than 2000 homes have been lost and the human death toll is in the twenties.
eople all over the world came together to help the people and animals of Australia, many of whom have lost their houses/habitats and had nowhere else to go.
It looks like the saga may be drawing to a close though, as monumental rainstorms have started working their way through the colossal country.
As Sky News have it, more than a month’s worth of rain fell on Melbourne over just a few hours, with the storm now looking to head to New South Wales; one of the areas most affected by the bushfires.
The hit & miss nature of #thunderstorms means it's difficult to forecast exactly where the heaviest rain will be—some parts of #bushfire & #drought affected eastern Australia could see 50–100 mm over the next few days; while others may see very little https://t.co/T7MYuIdxkO pic.twitter.com/zgmiBmqcIG
— Bureau of Meteorology, Australia (@BOM_au) January 15, 2020
While there was no fire in the city of Melbourne itself, a smog was hanging around which proved to be hazardous to many citizens. The rain proved itself a powerful ally in washing that away where over 70mms of rain was dropped over St Albans, in Melbourne’s west.
people in Victoria have seen huge amounts of hail, while in New South Wales, rainfall has helped firefighters put 32 bushfires to an end.
The Bureau of Meteorology forecasts between 20 and 40mms will fall in farming territory which, for obvious reasons, could prove very useful. However the rainfall isn’t all good news, as many will still be affected by a huge drought and in the places where rain does fall in vast quantities, there are fears that it could wash topsoil and ash into the water systems.
There is a contingency though, with the NSW Rural Fire Service proper filtration systems are being put in place to prevent that from happening. BOM meteorologist Gabrielle Woodhouse said:
“We are looking at a couple of days in a row of some showers and thunderstorms, some of which may produce significant accumulation over those couple of days.
“It will be quite welcome but there are some extra dangers and risks associated with it as the landscape is quite vulnerable with the fire damage. We’ve lost a lot of vegetations and there is the risk of landslips.”
There’s still a lot more work to be done in Australia, by mankind and nature alike, but with any luck, this could help greatly.
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