There are reports of extensive damage and several casualties from the deadly storm that battered Australia’s east coast last week. While three are dead and a few more are missing, severe coastal erosion and damaged property have also been reported.
The weather department pointed out that a kind of weather pattern known as an east coast low is responsible for the storm. They are not uncommon, but they are a type of low-pressure system or cyclone that hit the shores of Australia at least seven to eight times a year.
Several search operations have been conducted for people missing in the storm. Going by the records, the number of casualties is three, including three men killed in three separate incidents in Australia Capital Territory (ACT) and New South Wales (NSW).
As reported by Edition, two men from NSW were confirmed dead by the police when their bodies were retrieved from Bowral and southeast of Sydney, respectively. The NSW police have yet to identify the two people whose cars were trapped in flood waters.
Another man was found dead, trapped in a car in a swollen river in the nation’s capital Canberra, in the ACT, on Monday. It is yet to be verified what happened to a fourth man who went missing after being spotted swimming at Sydney’s Bondi Beach Monday afternoon, according to New South Wales police.
An extensive search was carried out for several hours with boats and helicopters for the missing man, but nothing was found. Police will reportedly resume their search at first light Tuesday, said a police official.
While more than 86,000 homes in NSW lost power, trees got uprooted, and bridges and roads were damaged, almost 2,300 people were evacuated from their homes in Lismore. Another 700 people were evacuated from Collaroy and Narrabeen. The wild storm is likely to bring massive flash floods with it.
In a survey conducted by researchers at the University of New South Wales, it was observed how climate change will impact individual east coast lows.
Results show that east coast lows are likely to become less frequent during cool months between May and October. However, east coast lows might become frequent during the warmer months, reported ABC. Read more about strong storms and flood expected this week.