In New South Wales, Australia, eight months’ worth of rain has fallen in a week. The torrential downpour has left many communities entirely underwater and others completely cut off from the rest of the country.
“Several hundred homes have been flooded, roads damaged, wildlife lost, [and] telecommunications and power outages across the flooded areas have been reported,” Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.
The deluge is responsible for two fatalities, both of which were trapped in their vehicles. Approximately 40,000 others have been evacuated.
Convoy of Hope is on the ground and poised to distribute necessities to survivors as soon as it is safe.