In a situation that is worsening, an area the size of France and Germany have been flooded in the Australian state of Queensland (where I live).
Some major events/implications:
- The city of Rockhampton is completely inundated, St. George could be flooded... Over 25 cities and towns declared disaster areas.
- over 200,000 people directly affect, 10 have died, 1000's of homes have been destroyed.
- half of the crops have been destroyed.
- over half of coal production has been shut down/flooded.
- The Army has been mobilised.
- Roads have been literally washed away through floodwaters and landslides.
Around these parts, flooding is minor but worsening - the main highway is partly cut, a township just about 5km to the west looks to be inundated again.
Worse thing of all - it is still raining, and this is just the beginning of the wet season.
The cruel irony of this is that these areas were flooded last year after almost a decade of crippling drought.
Damien, what is the government doing in order to avoid this sort of situation? I live in an island in the Caribbean and when a little rain falls, half of the capital is under water.
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Tourist hotspots unaffected by floods
While Queensland's floods could cost the tourism industry $100 million and vast areas remain under water, the majority of the state's holiday destinations are unaffected and open for business. Ref. Source 8
Comments: It's very bad. There are 72 people missing and in news reports you can see whole vans floating like boats as the flood waters take them away.
Well, where I am is surrounded by flood waters. We are pretty much cutoff from anything really. we have torrential rain, thunder and lightning. The creek and dam behind the property is rising.
8 are dead, 72 are missing and both numbers are set to rise.
The emergency services are doing a remarkable job, as always.
I am well stocked for food and are okay for the time being, though it looks like my back yard may flood any minute now.