Flood-hit Australian communities warned "a lot more rain is on the way"
Threat level: Flooding has displaced more than 11,000 people in Victoria and up to 34,000 homes could be inundated in the state, officials said on Monday.
- The northern Victorian town of Kerang could be "isolated" for up to a week, with the nearby Loddon River not expected to peak until Wednesday or Thursday, Tim Wiebusch, Victoria State Emergency Service chief of operations, said at a news conference.
- Federal Emergency Management Minister Murray Watt told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation the threat of more rain in Victoria meant Australia's second-most populous state was likely to "see a flood peak happen and waters recede, followed by another peak, as different river systems come together."
In New South Wales, a disaster has been declared in over 30 local government areas due to flooding, said NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet during a visit to affected communities — noting Australia's most populous state expected "more challenging weather" this week.
What we're watching: "Flood warnings are current across southern Queensland, New South Wales and northern Victoria," Australian Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Dean Narramore said on Monday.
- "Unfortunately, a lot more rain is on the way for these areas later this week. ... we could see isolated heavy falls in excess of 100 millimeters (3.9 inches)."
Context: Climate change worsens the downpours and associated floods, while La Niña conditions present for a third consecutive year in the Pacific have also played a major role in the extreme weather that's hitting Australia, according to climate scientists and the BOM.