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Western Australia Reels From Huge Floods

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Huge Floods

Huge Floods

Flood-hit swathes of Western Australia faced a long path to rescue Thursday as muddy waters receded to reveal the full scale of recent damage to homes, roads, and livestock. In the deluged town of Fitzroy Crossing, home to about 1,000 people, the waters collapsed the main bridge, swept away road surfaces, and hurt homes over the last week. The floods created a vast inland lake in the northern part of Western Australia, devastating much of Fitzroy Crossing and Indigenous communities in the sparsely populated region.

According to public broadcaster ABC, “We have got to house people.” I don’t want to sugar-coat the challenge that lies ahead in terms of both housing and road construction,” the state’s housing minister, John Carey, said on Wednesday. “We have got to house people.”

According to the Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association, vast farms in the area are estimated to have lost many thousands of cattle. The impact on pastoral stations is going to be significant, state agriculture minister Jackie Jarvis cautioned Thursday. “We actually won’t know the full impact for many months.” The flood-struck Kimberley region covers a tract of land three times larger than the United Kingdom but has a population of less than 40,000. Australia has been constantly hit by heavy rain in the past two years, driven by back-to-back La Nina climate cycles. Flash floods swept parts of eastern Australia in November last year, tearing entire homes from their foundations in some national towns.

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