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Informant: Our attention may have shifted, but the fight against floods is not District News


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It is too easy to get lost in the fog of war, to look at the horror unfolding in Eastern Europe. The news that Russia had bombed a theater with up to 1,000 civilians in the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol certainly deserved attention. Similarly, Vladimir Putin’s icy speech to his nation, in which he singled out “national traitors” working in the “fifth column” of the West, and called for “natural and necessary cleansing of society.” There are echoes of Stalinist purges. However, right here, at home, the agony continues in the flood-ravaged region of North Rears in NSW. The mayors of the three local governments – Byron, Balina and Tweed – scratched their heads, wondering why their residents are not eligible for extended Commonwealth payments, while neighboring council districts are eligible. Of course, this had nothing to do with the fact that those who have the right to live in the federal electorate, and those who do not – in Labor. Get rid of this thought – finally, a week later, which seemed like an eternity, it was announced that these counts will receive extended payments. But spare pity owners and veterinarians in flood zones. There was a warning about a nasty disease, especially for horses, called marsh cancer. Swamp cancer or pityosis is an infection that is usually caused when a horse gets into the water with bacteria that can penetrate small cuts or abrasions and create itching, swelling, which will eventually turn into tumor-like growths. This is not the only trouble lurking after the flood. Lismore City News reports that “pleuropneumonia, hoof problems, colic and diarrhea, as well as viral infections such as Hendra, Ross River fever, West Nile virus, Japanese encephalitis and Murray Valley encephalitis” are also on the disease radar. Think of those who have been left homeless. Not only is rent through the roof and housing options virtually non-existent, even due to the dong shortage the country lacks even housing to relocate. (The theory is that the word dong originated in South Africa and was brought in by diggers who had returned from the Boer War.) black Summer fires, then a pandemic, and now the war in Ukraine and sanctions against Russia. About a quarter of our domestic supply of conifers, from which these dwellings are made, previously came from plantations in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, which were burned in 2019-20. Demand for other supplies increased during the blockade reconstruction boom, so imports began to arrive in Russia. And now … well, you know the rest of the story. Believe it or not, all of this gloomy news has a small silver backing. A year after his mother’s urn of ashes was washed away by a flood that swept across St. Albans in Hawkesbury Valley northwest of Sydney, Michael Hedger was stunned to hear they appeared after the recent flooding. People who found an urn floating in the floodwaters posted an alert on the St. Albans community’s Facebook page. Michael told the Hawkesbury Gazette that his mother Laura would find the whole episode very funny. Nice to find light among all the shadows. NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW:



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