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Australia Endures Droughts, Fires, Floods And Marauding Mice

Mar 25, 2021, 11:47 PM
Members of the NSW State Emergency Service wait to transport locals in a boat across a road that is...
Members of the NSW State Emergency Service wait to transport locals in a boat across a road that is blocked by floodwaters on March 25, 2021 in Rosebrook, north of Maitland in Australia. Recovery and flood clean up begins for parts of Western Sydney following days of continuous rain leading to dozens of communities declared disaster zones. (Photo by David Gray/Getty Images)
(Photo by David Gray/Getty Images)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Over recent times, Australia has endured droughts, fires, floods, even a plague of marauding mice.

Rob Costigan bought a rugged farm three years ago with the dream of building it into something he could leave to his kids.

One year later, he was needing to truck in water to battle an extreme drought.

Then he fought to save his home from Australia’s deadly wildfires.

Last week, floods destroyed his farmhouse. Australia has always been a land of harsh weather, but experts say that global warming is likely making recent weather events more extreme.

And troubles may not be over.

Some experts warn people to check their shoes and clothes for deadly spiders, as swarms of them seek refuge from the floodwaters.

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Australia Endures Droughts, Fires, Floods And Marauding Mice