Thursday 23 March 2017

Floods of 'biblical proportions' cover Queensland

An aerial view of partially submerged houses in Queensland, Australia, yesterday. Large parts of the continent's coastal northeast were flooded in a growing environmental disaster. DANIEL MUNOZ/REUTERS
An aerial view of partially submerged houses in Queensland, Australia, yesterday. Large parts of the continent's coastal northeast were flooded in a growing environmental disaster. DANIEL MUNOZ/REUTERS

Queensland state, in Australia, is tackling floods that have cut off towns as further heavy rain is forecast to fall, writes Robert Fenner.

"Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, very heavy rainfall, flash flooding and large hailstones," the Bureau of Meteorology said.

Rockhampton, home to more than 75,000 people, has been cut off from road, rail and air links as the nearby Fitzroy river swells.

Towns have been evacuated as flooding spreads over an area the size of France and Germany combined. The disaster, which has affected 200,000 people, is said to be of "biblical proportions".

One person died and two were missing in separate incidents, with the body of a 41-year old woman found after her car was swept into a river.

Irish Independent

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