This continent is pretty messed up and I don’t think anything illustrates that better than Australia’s recent natural disasters. While the devastating wildfires in Victoria have garnered all the international headlines, the poor people of Queensland have had to put up with floods on a biblical scale. The area affected by the flooding in Queensland is approximately the size of South Australia (which is a little bigger than Montana, North Americans…that is HUGE).
Since fire is more dramatic television than slowly rising water, Queenslanders are having to work harder to make their voices heard. Hopefully all the money that has been donated to the bushfire appeal indicates that the Australian public is ready to help out their drowning neighbours as well.
Of course, Australia being Australia, flooding brings its own set of uniquely terrifying dangers, especially in tropical Queensland: crocodiles. A five year old boy in Cape Tribulation (what a name) was walking with his brother and dog near floodwaters when he disappeared . His brother reported a large crocodile in the vicinity but it took ten days before the offending crocodile was captured. The boys remains were found in the crocodile.