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Big Dry - What caused it?
El Nino events in 2002-03, 04-05, 06-07 led to especially low rainfall. resulted in higher average temperatures more water evaporating. normal rain bringing weather fronts were moved south and away from Australia.
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Big Dry - What impacts did it have?
largest impact on farming; crop yields fell, livestock died incomes fell. vegetation loss soil, soil erosion bodies of water suffered from toxic algae. dust storms and wild fires (8 people killed from fires)
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Big Dry - What were the responses?
water conservation measures where intoduced. cities such as Sydney built desalination plants. provided 23,000 rural families and 1,500 small businesses income support. investing in better drought forecasts for better preparation.
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Boscastle - What were the causes?
75mm fell in 2 hours. low pressure brought warm moist air, cooled, made storms and rain. rain over previous weeks made ground saturated unable to absorb water. B'cstl steep sided valley close to confluence of rivers (funnel). obstcles made dam
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Boscastle - What were the consequences?
58 homes, 4 businesses, roads/bridges damaged or destroyed. flood so sudden people couldn't evacuate. 50 cars washed into sea (envmnt pollution). Tourism dropped 90% of local economy relied on this. no deaths, 1 srsly injured some mental health probl
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Boscastle - what were the responses?
emergency services quickly responded. 100 people airlifted to safety by 7 copters. displaced residents looked after in local accomodation. destroyed buildings were rebuilt. £10 million new flood defence. including the deepening and widening of river.
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