Australian Town Gripped by Hairy Panic


A town in the Australian state of Victoria has been inundated by tumbleweed.

Gardens, homes and garages in Wangaratta have been smothered by the plant, with some homes blocked in by piles two metres high.

The fast-growing Panicum Effusum weed, more commonly known as ‘hairy panic’, has been drifting into the town for days.

One resident claimed she spent eight hours clearing up the tumbleweed on one day, only to have it return the next.

Hairy panic is native to inland Australia. It is not uncommon in Wangaratta but this year the dry conditions have produced a bumper crop.

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SOURCE: Al Jazeera, Steff Gaulter