MELBOURNE : More than 200,000 homes lost their lights due to devastation caused by storms and floods in southeast Australia. Meteorologist Kevin Parkin said winds of up to 119 kilometers per hour and up to 20 centimeters of rain lashed Victoria state and its capital Melbourne on Wednesday night, uprooting trees, leaving people trapped in cars and homes. However, there is no report of any serious injury. Tim Weibush, chief of the state emergency service, said Thursday also rained with strong winds and rivers were in spate.
220 homes east of Melbourne have been ordered to be evacuated. Officials said Australia's second most populous state has never experienced such strong winds and rain since 2008. Major roads have been closed due to floods, landslides and felling of trees. There is also a danger of falling electrical wires. In Victoria, more than 200,000 homes have gone out.
Emergency services have received more than 5,000 calls for help, of which 3,500 were related to trees falling on homes and people trapped. Police and the state ambulance service said a woman in her 40s was taken to the hospital. He suffered a head injury after a tree fell on his house. In Australia's most populous state of New South Wales, on the northern border of Victoria, heavy snowfall on Thursday caused power outages to hundreds of homes.