Experts urged to ratify Minamata Convention to phase out mercury-added products পারদযুক্ত পণ্যের ব্যবহার বন্ধে মিনামাতা কনভেনশন অনুমোদনের আহ্বান সেন্টমার্টিন সৈকতে প্লাস্টিকের আগ্রাসন 72 birds die eating pesticide-treated masakalai Educate girls to save the planet শিশুর সর্দি-কাশি সারানোর ঘরোয়া উপায় 50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They’re 12 24 thousand under 5 children die of pneumonia in Bangladesh annually গ্রিনহাউস গ্যাস কমানোর লক্ষ্যে নানা উদ্যোগ Maldives: Eco-friendly product export destination for Bangladesh

Clean-up under way across flood-hit eastern Australia

Tropical Cyclone Debbie clears away from Queensland and New South Wales allowing residents to return home. The clean-up operation has got under way across eastern Australia after the passage of Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Despite drier conditions over the weekend, flood waters remained high, but they are now starting to recede. Residents and business owners have been returning to thick mud, piles of debris and ruined property. While the worst of the weather is over, with Cyclone Debbie moving out to sea on Saturday, the daunting task facing those affected is just beginning. The flood-ravaged people of northern New South Wales and southeastern Queensland have also been faced with raw sewage, rats and snakes. Military and emergency personnel continued to work to restore essential services such as water and electricity in affected towns, where hundreds of homes have been deemed uninhabitable. The Insurance Council of Australia has estimated the damage bill could reach Aus$1bn ($770 million), as people braved mud-caked streets to begin clearing out homes and shops, with mountains of ruined possessions piled on pavements. New South Wales State Emergency Services Deputy Commissioner Mark Morrow said it would be a long haul for towns such as Lismore and Murwillumbah that were inundated by floods. "The mud, combination of chemicals, raw sewage, paint which gets into everything. Two to three meters above floor level. Nothing escaped this. It was a very, very big flood," he said. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said seeing the damage up close was heart-breaking, as he toured Lismore. "Seeing it first-hand and the impact, treasured possessions, all of a life's work, all of the assets of a business flung out onto the pavement — that is gut-wrenching stuff," he said. The cyclone dumped more than a meter of rain on parts of Queensland and the huge volume of water is still slowly spilling down river systems, with Rockhampton next in the firing line. As floodwaters creep closer to the city, those waters are expected to peak at around nine meters on Wednesday morning.

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