Currently in Melbourne — October 24th, 2022

Currently in Melbourne — October 24th, 2022
Cloudy with a high chance of showers and thunderstorms. (And flooding. And gales.)

The weather, currently.

Cloudy at best, thunder-stormy at worst.

As the northwest of the state deals with severe weather warnings for heavy rainfalls and flooding, Melbourne is bracing itself for rainfall with the added chance of severe thunderstorms. The overnight low of 14°C will climb to a top of 22°C today, with the UV rating high at 8 (which calls for sun protection, although I can’t imagine many people stripping off today). Winds will be tending south-easterly at 15 to 25 km/h, becoming light in the evening. Major to moderate flood warnings are in place for the Yarra, Watts, Murray, Loddon, Goulburn, Ovens, King, Campaspe and Barwon Rivers, as well as the Seven and Castle Creeks. Minor flood warnings are current for the Snowy, Kiewa, Werribee, Yarra, Avoca, and Upper Murray Rivers, and Broken Creek. Gale wind warnings are in place for the West and Central coasts, and strong wind warnings are present for the Bays. Take care out there today; it's a wild start to a very wet week ahead.

— Megan Herbert

What you need to know, currently.

The recent flooding across Nigeria has spread to the south, disrupting gas production and cutting of gas supplies to Nigeria LNG Ltd., the country’s largest gas producer. This flooding has hobbled gas exports to Europe as well, as the states struggle to replace Russian exports.

Thousands of  square kilometers of farmland—roughly the size of Rhode Island—are also completely submerged, worsening ongoing food shortages across the nation.

“These floods act as a misery multiplier and are the final straw for communities already struggling to keep their heads above water,” said Chris Nikoi, the UN World Food Program’s regional director for Western Africa.

This is the worst flooding the West African nation has seen in a decade.

“I was witness to the serious flooding in 2012,” said Goodness Dickson, the Chief Executive Officer of Eco Clean Active Initiative. “Now, the flooding is even worse. This time around, the water is so deep and so high that it covers houses and structures unlike 10 years ago. The water had a limit back then, but not anymore.”

Since September, the climate disaster has killed over 600 people, injured more than 2,400, displaced 1.4 million residents and destroyed more than 200,000 homes, said Sadiya Umar Farouq, Nigeria’s minister of humanitarian affairs and disaster management, at a recent press conference.

The flooding has already impacted about 27 of Nigeria’s 36 states. Nigeria’s meteorological agency has warned that flooding could continue until the end of November in some states, including Anambra, Cross Rivers and Bayelsa.

While Nigeria is used to seasonal rainfall and flooding, this year has been much worse than usual due to to climate change.

-Aarohi Sheth

What you can do, currently.

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