At the very least six individuals have been killed and three are lacking after extreme thunderstorms hit the east of Australia, police have stated.
Storms introduced excessive winds, giant hailstones and torrential rain throughout the jap states on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Victoria and Queensland Police confirmed the deaths of six individuals, the youngest a nine-year-old lady, who was reportedly swept away in a flooded storm drain.
Tens of 1000’s of households have been left with out energy.
In Brisbane, the search continues for 2 lacking individuals after a ship they had been on capsized and a 46-year-old lady who was caught in floodwaters within the metropolis of Gympie.
“It is completely tragic information for households on this area at Christmas time,” Glen Hartwig, mayor of the Gympie area, informed ABC information.
A 29-year-old lady was rescued by Victoria Police after being swept away by quick operating waters of the Werribee River.
She was swept 20 metres downstream after coming into the water to try to save her canine, Minka, police stated.
The Bureau of Meteorology warned additional rain is forecast and minor flood warnings are in place after rivers burst their banks.
Queenland’s state-owned Energex stated on Wednesday that round 86,000 households remained with out electrical energy following the storms.
It stated in a submit on X, previously Twitter, it had sustained extreme injury to its community with greater than 800 energy strains down.
It’s anticipated to take days to revive energy to some individuals.
The storms come after former Tropical Cyclone Jasper hit northern areas earlier this month, inflicting flooding and widespread injury in Queensland