In Australia, the latest flooding along the eastern coast has seen the government more and more using the ADF to assist those in flood-affected areas.
This article by SBS News makes the following points:
- Record flooding has hit parts of NSW and Queensland and left thousands homeless and many businesses ruined.
- There was criticism of a slow ADF response, but many areas were initially impassable until flood-waters subsided.
- Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government was finalising the first wave of what he described as ‘over and above measures’—disaster funding outside the existing categories of support.
- More than $200 million in disaster recovery payments have already been made.
- Defence Minister Peter Dutton said the devastation was more like that ‘of a cyclone’, than a flood.
- More than 20 people lost their lives in the flooding across NSW and Queensland.
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Source: Special Broadcasting Service (SBS)