Australia’s extreme fire season, dust storms, pandemic and flood in pictures and videos
Australians have now experienced two years of extreme living conditions that have been brought on by drought, fires, dust storms, a pandemic and a large flood.
Life for people in Australia started to become ‘extreme’ in August 2019 when the fire season began in winter, months earlier than normal. The ‘extreme’ living conditions continued with the introduction of lockdowns created by a global pandemic in 2020 and large flood in March 2021.
During a wide-spread drought, in August 2019, a large bushfire began burning near Crescent Head on New South Wales’ mid north coast — it was also threatening property.
This fire, and more than 50 others at the same time, kick-started the extreme experiences of life in Australia.
At the time of uploading this content, Australians and their emergency services have been battling extreme fires, dust storms, flood and the pandemic for 2 years and 1 week.
The 2019/2020 fire ground burnt 7% of the state of New South Wales, which was 38% of the NSW national park system. More than 80% of the World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains Area and 54% of the NSW components of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage property were affected by fires.
33 people died in Australia during the 2019/2020 Black Summer bushfires — including 9 firefighters. 3,094 homes were destroyed nationally reported AFAC, the Australian & New Zealand National Council for fire and emergency services.
Six months after the fire season began, Australia was beginning to test people for COVID-19 — the lockdowns began soon afterwards.
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During the first 18 months of the coronavirus pandemic, Australia recorded 947 deaths and almost 38,000 cases of people with the disease.
A year into the pandemic, extreme rainfall resulted in flooding in a ‘one in 100-year flood’ in New South Wales and Queensland. During the flooding event in March 2021, 5 people died or went missing due to the floods.
Two Years Of Extreme Conditions In Australia
Below is a selection of videos and pictures showing the disruption caused by the Australian fire season, dust storms, pandemic and NSW flood emergency.