After the fire, the water came

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After the fire, the water came


Finally rain! Several Australians fell a stone at the sight of the dark clouds. The continent has been experiencing the worst bush fires in its history for months. Heavy downpours have brought some relaxation in the past few days. Umbrella weather was also popular in Sydney in the southeastern state of New South Wales.

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But the joy of the urgently needed rain did not go unhindered. A few hours after the start of violent storms, there were floods. Especially in the eastern state of Queensland, roads and highways were under water – like here in the Gold Coast tourist region.

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Just in time for the start of the Australian Open, heavy rain showers started in Melbourne on Monday. The fact that the tennis stars could still swing their rackets was mainly due to the industrious ball helpers. They rubbed the playing fields dry with towels. The helpers were particularly busy in the Margaret Court Arena. The arena has a roof – but it is not quite tight.

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It doesn’t always have to be tennis. Other “sports” are clearly more rainproof. The residents of Winton, a small town in eastern Australia, practiced mud sledding. The professionals in this discipline were stretched behind tractors and glided over the red-brown mud.

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In Australias capital Canberra, a heavy hailstorm hit the parliament building on Monday. An icy layer lay over the lawn in front of the parliament. Hailstones the size of golf balls smashed through numerous car windows and damaged houses.

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Violent thunderstorms also swept the drought and fire-stricken areas of New South Wales. The dried trees buckled in the wind like matches. As a result of storms, reports in the Australian media nationwide broke down the power supply for 18,000 households.

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In Nattai National Park, a small sprout struggles to light through the charred ground. Plants and animals greedily absorb every drop of the precious rainwater. Although the Australian flora and fauna are used to heat and drought: the consequences of the extreme months of bush fires are not yet in sight.

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“Who knows when the next rain will come”: This little koala sucks the last drops of water off the asphalt. The breath of relief for humans and animals could only be short-lived. Several states are preparing for rising temperatures and strong winds in the next few days, which could fuel the bush fires again.

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