ADF to double aid to flood victims as Victorian premier warns disaster is ‘far from over’ | Victoria

ADF to double aid to flood victims as Victorian premier warns disaster is ‘far from over’ | Victoria

The Australian Defense Force will double its aid to flood-hit Victorians as state Premier Daniel Andrews warns the crisis is “far from over” with more precipitation forecast for the next few days.

“We’re going to see more rain, we still have many thousands of people with homes full of water, others who can’t come back because they left and are now cut off from their homes,” Andrews said Tuesday afternoon.

“We still have some very serious challenges to face in the coming days.”

Michael Efron of the Bureau of Meteorology said a thunderstorm was developing over the Mallee region, which was forecast to hit on Wednesday afternoon before moving further south on Thursday.

Rainfall won’t be as heavy or widespread as last week, but there could be localized rainfall of up to 50mm near and north of the Great Dividing Range, he said.

“Such amounts can lead to flash floods, but also to rising rivers,” Efron said.

Another 5 to 15 mm of rain will fall on Friday Victoriawith the north-east of the state being hit by up to 50mm.

More rain is expected over the weekend and early next week.

The border towns of Echuca and Moama are bracing for a “one in 1,000 year” flood, with authorities fearing existing levees will fail to hold back the water.

On Echuca’s main street, dozens of volunteers swung into action on Monday morning, bracing shop windows against the expected deluge.

Local resident Mark Oliver contributed to the preparations after evacuating his family to Melbourne.

“It was a steady stream of people showing up and working on themselves. That’s exactly what we’re doing,” he said.

“This is an unprecedented time. My father is 75 years old, he’s lived here all his life, and this is the worst he’s ever seen.”

The peak at Echuca Pier is forecast to be higher than the 2011 floods.

About 300 residents evacuated the city on Monday, while 3,000 were on standby to leave the city on Tuesday afternoon.

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Authorities worked overnight to build two kilometers of embankment on the eastern side of Echuca to protect the city center from rising water, while sacrificing a small portion of houses.

As of Tuesday afternoon, there were 60 alerts on the VicEmergency website, including evacuation orders for Echuca and Barmah on the Murray River, Kerang along the Loddon River and Rochester, near the Campaspe River.

Residents of Shepparton They were told it was too late to leave now while they were inside Kerangi are prepared for cutting for up to two weeks flood waters.

Tania Sutherland and her husband – who were in Kerang during the 2011 floods – are shocked to find themselves back in flood-preparation mode.

“They told us it was a one in 100-year flood and now, eleven years later, we’re here preparing for it again,” Sutherland said.

The couple, whose farm is about 25km from Kerang, have moved their 2,000 sheep and 150 cows into paddocks which they hope will be spared the worst of the flooding.

Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said Victoria was currently in “all stages of emergency”, with evacuations in several parts of the state while recovery and clean-up was underway in others.

To assist in both endeavours, Crisp has requested the support of additional ADF members, which have been approved by the Commonwealth, and their presence will increase from around 200 to 400 in the coming days.

Two more ADF helicopters will also be deployed to assist with evacuations, food deliveries and fodder.

Clean-up work also began in Rochester, south of Echuca, where 85% of the city was flooded.

Since the beginning of the disaster, more than 700 flood rescues have been carried out.

It is estimated that around 15,000 people have been displaced by the floods so far.

The Prime Minister said a “handful” of people had arrived at the Mickleham quarantine facility in Melbourne’s north.

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