Premier Daniel Andrews expressed his condolences to the loved ones of the three people who lost their lives in the disastrous storms overnight.
“This will be just a terrible time for them and our hearts are with you in any support that we can provide on what is a terribly difficult time, we stand ready to do that,” he said.
A number of residents were trapped inside their homes after trees came crashing down onto rooftops and yards
Three killed by falling trees as storm lashes Australian state of Victoria
Australia, three people were killed by falling trees after a storm lashed the state of Victoria. Gusts of up to 158 km/h were recorded, causing widespread damage and knocking out power of 95,000 homes. The deaths took place in suburbs across the state capital, Melbourne – a city already reeling from a Covid outbreak.
Locals made over 2,100 calls for emergency assistance after the storm crossed the state last night, bringing down power lines and damaging buildings. Residents in 88 suburbs were also warned that the storm had contaminated drinking water. The storm caused untreated water from a dam to enter the city’s drinking water system, affecting up to 250,000 houses.
Melbourne has been in a strict lockdown for almost two months after seeing Australia’s worst coronavirus outbreak. Currently, residents are allowed to leave home only for essential reasons and for one hour of exercise per day