Australia is forecasting above-average rainfall in the eastern part of the country due to La Nina weather. Experts are warning people near the flood-hit areas to be careful.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued several flood warnings for eastern New South Wales and most parts of southeastern Queensland due to La Nina weather, with above-average rainfall.
There have been 18 La Nina incidents in Australia since 1900, which have repeatedly caused flooding in parts of Australia.
Australian Meteorological Department
According to the Australian Meteorological Department, Salina generally means an increase in rainfall in most parts of the country, causing daytime cooling tropical storms in the south of the country.
Research shows that due to a lack of information about La Nina, Australians are less prepared for flooding than they should be. Mark O’Connor, the national claims manager for the insurance company, said it was “sad” that storms and flooding had cost Australian homes 2. 2.4 billion last year.
If you know your home is likely to be flooded, prepare in advance, such as keeping all your valuables above ground, although the best precaution is to get out of the flooded area.
Baker encourages people to prepare emergency kits in case of fire or flood. Information on how to prepare your home for disaster can be found on your local website.
Experts also recommend pre-blocking your sewers and drain with garbage or sand-filled shopping bags to prevent sewage from entering your toilets and drainage in the event of a flood.
If you want to evacuate, plan your route before you go, and look for alternatives, so that you know how to get to your destination safely. It is always safe to get out of a flood as quickly as possible.
Do Not Drive on Flooded Roads
Baker warns against driving out of the water in the event of heavy rain, as flash floods can occur rapidly. The biggest cause of death during floods is drowning. If you are on a slope, it is best to go to a safe high place.
Stacey Page, National Research Manager at the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia, says pedestrians should avoid floodwaters under any circumstances.
When unable to leave. If you get caught in the rising floodwaters and are unable to get out, it becomes a deadly situation. Also, you should seek refuge in the safest and highest place you can find and Triple Zero (000).
Rising floodwaters could cause property to be isolated, power outages, sewerage, and other facilities to be disrupted. If you are unable to get out, but still have clean water. Also, fill the containers with fresh water so that you have supplies available.
How can you Get Help if You are Isolated by Floodwater?
It is important to remember that most of the food stored in the refrigerator will become unsafe to eat if the power supply is cut off. If you are isolated by floodwaters, do not try to get out, it can be more dangerous than staying and waiting for help.
If you are trapped in floodwaters. Go with the current. Raise your hand to point out your need for help.
Swim on your back to keep your head out of the water. Grab something that floats, such as a ski, a ball, or a boogie board. And it is important that you do not go into the water yourself. Also, try to save someone because many people drown in trying to save others.
The best thing you can do is call the emergency services. You can help by throwing something that floats to keep the person above the water. In an emergency, Baker says human life must always come first.