Interactive map - which areas of Australia were hit by multiple disasters in 2020?


by Josh Nicholas and Nick Evershed

21 December 2020


The 2019-20 fires followed several years of drought, and began in one of the driest and warmest years on record. Climate scientists have said that climate change pushed what would have been a hot year into record territory, driving heat extremes and the risk of deadly fires.


The tropical storm season also ended later than normal and, when the drought broke in some areas, flooding followed from heavy rain. On top of this, we’ve had a global coronavirus pandemic that has killed 908 Australians, infected many more, and plunged the country into a recession.


This combination of events means some parts of the country have been hit by more than one disaster in a year, with some regions experiencing multiple disasters, one after the other.



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