How 'thunderstorm asthma' pushed Melbourne to the edge

How 'thunderstorm asthma' pushed Melbourne to the edge
 

It was the seemingly typical thunderstorm that rapidly escalated into a "disaster event".
When dark clouds gathered over Melbourne, Australia, late on Monday local time, Victoria's emergency services braced for reports of damage and possible injury.
Instead, the storm brought something far worse - a rare phenomenon called "thunderstorm asthma" that stretched paramedics and hospitals to their limits.
So how did it catch everyone by surprise?
'Unprecedented' level of calls Ambulance Victoria received more than 1,870 calls between 18:00 (07:00 GMT) and 23:00 on Monday, a... read more

 
22 November 2016 in World News, Views: 54
Source: BBC
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