The news wires were full of reports over the last two weeks of horrendous flooding across Sri Lanka, Brazil and Australia. All three nations have suffered greatly at the hands of our increasingly tumultuous weather conditions.
The Australian treasurer has stated the the floods in his country will be the biggest National Disaster in the State's history, in economic terms. The waters inundated the country's third largest city Brisbane and 45 other townships across four states have been effected. So far the death toll has reached 22, however, this has expected to rise in heavily battered Queensland. The floods are expected to cut 1% off of the rate of economic growth equal to $6bn according to the central bank. The Greens, the smaller partner in Julia Gillard's minority Government have agreed somewht controversially that it should be the oil companies who should pay for the costs, as they have been blamed for causing the global warming which the Australian Government states has directly caused the floods.
Flood waters in Sri Lanka have reached up to one metre in some places as Monsoon Rains have forced over one million people from their homes. The death toll from the flooding stands at 18. The water has damaged 160,000 hectares of paddy fields and this will have a catastrophic effect on the economy of the nation. The rains have also lead to considerable mudslides in Sri Lanka which have cut off towns and damaged livelihoods. In schools temples and churches 500 temporary camps have been set up to provide relief for the those affected.
Perhaps it is often too easy for people to blame irregular storms on global warming or perhaps there is no other worthwhile explanation, feel free to leave your comments below.