Wednesday, 6 September 2017
That the Senate—
(a) notes with concern two recent natural disasters – monsoon rains which have flooded Bangladesh, India and Nepal, and Tropical Storm Harvey in the Unites States of America (USA);
(b) is further concerned that 43 million people have been affected by the flooding in South Asia, particularly those in Bangladesh, where more than two-thirds of the country is underwater, and that the costs of Tropical Storm Harvey, the most extreme rain event in USA history, could add up to US$180 billion;
(c) expresses sympathy for the loved ones of the more than 1200 killed in South Asia and the more than 60 killed in Houston;
(d) notes that extreme weather events, such as the South Asian monsoonal flooding and Tropical Storm Harvey, will become worse as the climate changes; and
(e) welcomes the announcement that the Australian Government will provide $2 million to the international relief effort in Nepal, but urges the Government to provide further humanitarian assistance to other countries affected in the region.