A sudden downpour hit the Australian capital of Canberra on Thursday, January 16, leading to sudden flooding in the formerly parched region.
The Bureau of Meteorology said 4 mm of rain fell on Canberra in the late afternoon and evening, which followed a lighter shower that morning. The weather bureau had earlier warned that thunderstorms may bring a “burst” of heavy rain to the city.
In this video, a hair salon in the Canberra suburb of Holt can be seen flooding on the Thursday. At one stage, a woman can be heard in the background exclaiming, “My roof has collapsed!”
The Australian Capital Territory, like the surrounding state of New South Wales, had been in the grip of an extended drought. Nearly three-fifths of the state was classified as in “intense drought” on January 15, according to the Department of Primary Industries. Credit: Penny Lindh via Storyful