Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese visited flood-hit parts of Victoria, including the city of Melbourne, on Sunday as the three southeastern states continued to grapple with the flood crisis after days of heavy rain. Parts of Victoria, southern New South Wales and northern Tasmania were under flood warnings after a weather system dumped more than a month’s worth of rain on the southeast last week.
The crisis comes after Australia’s eastern states were hit by severe flooding in early 2022 as the country endures a third consecutive La Nina weather event that brings heavy rain. “Australians are coming together, they’re helping each other and we’re seeing the best of the Australian character again in the worst of times,” Albanese said in Melbourne, where major flood relief operations were underway. The Prime Minister flew over flood-hit areas of regional Victoria with state Premier Daniel Andrews.