26 September 2016
Flood in Australia
|Type of Event:||Flood|
|Location of Event:||Australia|
|Date of Charter Activation:||26 September 2016|
|Time of Charter Activation:||09:11:56|
|Time zone of Charter Activation:||UTC+02:00|
|Charter Requestor:||Geoscience Australia|
|Project Management:||Geoscience Australia|
Heavy rain throughout the month of September has caused flash flooding along the Lachlan River in Australia.
The floods are affecting two towns in New South Wales, Forbes and Condobolin, and residents have been advised to evacuate. A thousand people have already been evacuated from Forbes and at Condobolin barricades are being erected in an attempt to reduce the impact of the oncoming flood waters.
The flooding at Forbes is reportedly the worst the area has experienced in over twenty years and the situation is expected to worsen over the next week as more rain is forecast. Over 100 buildings have been inundated so far.
The disaster is taking a toll on farming communities in the area, as crops are inundated by the floods. The harvest normally takes place in November, but it is not yet known what the full extent of the damage to the crops are. Thousands of cattle have been evacuated to safer areas until the water levels recede.