The heavy rain that fell this week fell inside Australia They left a family isolated in the desert, and authorities warned that the rescue operation could take days. The family, made up of two adults and two children, were traveling through the remote Simpson Desert, in the middle of the country, when their express house broke down on Friday (12).
In response to the emergency signals, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) was forced to release a satellite phone from the air to communicate with the family due to flooding and isolating 150 kilometers northwest of the small town of Udnadata.
AMSA contacted people inside the caravan around 2:30 p.m. local time [de sexta-feira] The spokesman confirmed in a statement that there were no casualties and that they had the necessary supplies.
Police told Australia’s ABC that although the weather had improved, the flooding of rivers would indicate that the family could be stranded there until at least Monday (15).
“As the climate improves, we will assess how and when we will rescue the family and the vehicle,” police said.
The desert town of Alice Springs earlier this week recorded the most rain in a single day since 2001, turning the Todd River, which is choppy and still dry most of the time, into a torrent.
The rains also caused floods and warnings in large areas of the south and east of the country. In recent years, Australia has experienced periods of drought, bushfires and severe flooding caused by climate change.
A mobile home has sunk in the Simpson Desert, Central Australia, November 12, 2021 – Photo: Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) via Reuteres
A mobile home sank in the Simpson Desert, central Australia, November 12, 2021 – Photo: Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) via Reuters
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