SYDNEY: Major relief for Australia as the heavy torrential rains finally doused many of the widespread wildfires. Sydney received 7 inches of rain between Sunday and Monday, highest in a day since 1992, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. The Met bureau also set the weather will continue some parts of the continent by next weekend.
Although the news of rainfall relieves the fire struck regions and drought areas, it is not entirely a positive news for the country. However, as a result of the extensive rainfall, several parts of the country like New South Wales coast and parts of Queensland are now experiencing major flash flooding. The torrential rains have also caused widespread power cuts in the eastern coast of Australia. Another concern that arises is that the debris an ash of the wildfires will now be swept into the water supply.
The New South Wales state’s water authority has confirmed that they will be monitoring the water quality and assessing if extra measures are required to check the ash and sediment mixing in the city’s water supply. The authorities also said that water can also be drawn from the dam or from elsewhere in the network if the need arises.