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Australia Braces for Possible Compounding Natural Disasters This Summer

Australia is preparing for possible compounding and cascading natural disasters during the upcoming summer season, according to Brendan Moon, Australia’s Coordinator-General for National Emergency Management. Australians are urged to plan for the impacts of a range of disasters, including cyclones, floods, bushfires, and heatwaves.

Experts have warned of a potentially severe bushfire season, and ski resorts have closed early due to a lack of snow following the country’s warmest winter on record. Last week, dozens of bushfires erupted in New South Wales. Authorities are taking steps to build resilience and response capabilities amid increasing frequency and intensity of disasters due to climate change.