Pictures of the ‘floods of the century’ in Australia as hundreds of people were evacuated
Several hundred people have been evacuated in the northwest, in the Kimberley region, due to flooding caused by the passage of Eli, a former tropical cyclone.
Several hundred people stranded by the “floods of the century” that hit the country’s northwest have been evacuated by Australian army helicopters, a rescue official said on Sunday.
Ex-Tropical Cyclone Eli hit the vast but sparsely populated Kimberley region, bringing heavy rains.
“Water is everywhere,” Stephen Dawson, Minister of Emergency Services for Western Australia, told reporters. In some places, the flooded land stretches for 50 kilometers “as far as the eye can see”.
“People in Kimberley are facing a once-in-a-century flood, the worst in Western Australian history,” he added.
Australia has been a victim of frequent floods for the past two years, but in the eastern part of it, in the wake of the recurrent La Niña weather phenomenon.
Helicopters to transport the population
In the western Kimberley region, where half the population is Aboriginal, 232 people have been evacuated so far, authorities said. While the rains subsided after the storm moved east, in the northern regions, the Meteorological Office warned of the continuation of “record floods” there.
Authorities say Chinook helicopters are on their way to help transport residents. Five more rescue helicopters are expected by Thursday.