Hailstorm in Andhra Pradesh, India
Hailstorm killed at least 9 people in Chevella, Moinabad and Shankarpally area of India. Hailstorm also damaged several houses and crops across Andhra Pradesh.
Tropical Cyclone Felleng
As of 12:00 UTC, TC Felleng was located 300 nm west-northwest of La Reunion.
Australia – Queensland Flood Aftermath
Shock is turning to anger across Queensland’s flood-ravaged communities as authorities struggle to meet the needs of tens of thousands disaster victims. Heated scenes unfolded in devastated Bundaberg after police overruled a council plan to let residents back into the city’s north to see what’s left of their homes. Residents reacted furiously despite being told it was for their own safety.
Water police have been tasked with guarding the Burnett River in case locals attempt to cross over by boat. Police were stationed at the council chambers after residents were told they would remain locked out of the disaster zone. Police said there was simply no choice, with safety inspections still not complete. But it’s hoped residents may start returning from 6am (AEST) Saturday.
“It’s a scene of utter devastation. Houses are not there anymore. There’s roads that are not there anymore.” Dead cats and dogs litter the streets, houses have been washed from their foundations and one home is missing entirely with no clue to its final resting place. The devastation caused by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald continues to grow.
At Biggenden, between Gayndah and Bundaberg, floodwaters have spread years of rubbish build-up from a local dump across 1000 hectares of grazing land. “It’s an environmental disaster.”
The army finally arrived in the town of Munduberra, west of Gayndah, on Friday morning – four days after flood levels there peaked, flooding 100 homes and businesses in the town and the same number in outlying areas.
In North Burnett, many homes had been flooded to their roofs, and a couple of houses had been split in half and partly washed away by the force of the water. Local people, many of whom were elderly, were worn out after having been hit by floods only two years ago. They’d quietly hoped for immediate help, but it didn’t come.
The damage bill from the disaster is certain to climb into the billions, with infrastructure smashed, farms ruined, and so many homes and businesses across the state damaged or destroyed. An early estimate of farming losses alone has been put at $100 million. The Queensland Farmers’ Federation says everyone from pig and dairy farmers to sugarcane and citrus growers urgently need access to the highest levels of disaster assistance.
Still in Australia – Damaging Storms hit Sydney.
Severe thunderstorms have rolled across parts of Sydney, cutting power and disrupting train services, while hailstones have pummelled the Blue Mountains.
Mozambique floods: Death toll rises to 55
The U.N. reports that heavy rains in northern and central Mozambique on Thursday have displaced 19,000 more people, raising the total number of displaced by floods the past two weeks to nearly 170,000.