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Thousands of Australians Evacuate Flood-hit Queensland

Posted by feww on December 28, 2010

Second Round of Flooding This Month Submerges Entire Towns and Villages in NE Australia

Queensland’s state government declares several of its regions as disaster zones, as rivers swell by the unabated rain causing extensive flooding.

Tropical Storm Tasha pummeled  NE Australia with torrential rain, having made landfall along the Queensland coast on December 25, 2010. Tasha’s rainfall amounts, as observed by TRMM, on December 24, 2010 is shown in the image above, with red representing the highest amount and blue the lowest. Source: NASA-EO. Click image to enlarge. Download large image (1 MB, JPEG)

Australian Region Infrared Satellite Image

Source: Image from Japan Meteorological Agency satellite MTSAT-1R via Bureau of Meteorology. Click HERE for the latest image.

The floods have destroyed tens of thousands of hectares of cotton and sunflower crops in many areas throughout the state, and forced thousands to flee their homes.

The damage to the crops is expected to exceed $400million, Brent Finlay, president of the farmers’ lobby group AgForce, said.

“It’s just devastating. This was going to be the crop that got a lot of farmers back on their feet after the [10-year] drought,” Finlay said.

Brisbane, the state capital, has experienced its wettest December in 153 years, as Cyclone Tasha, brought more torrential rain to Queensland on Christmas Day.

The town of Theodore is all but almost completely inundated, with the Dawson River flowing above the 14-meter level—its highest in 55 years. The towns of Chinchilla, Dalby, Warra, Alpha and Jericho, have also been declared disaster zones.

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3 Responses to “Thousands of Australians Evacuate Flood-hit Queensland”

  1. Ordinary guy said

    We need clean energy now, if we don’t make the switch then we should have no sympathy for ourselves or our plight as we inflict this kind of thing on our environment knowingly.

  2. feww said

    Condamine residents evacuated amid record floods in Queensland

    “Vast swathes of southern and central Queensland have already faced the full force of the flood, which has devastated prime cropping lands and caused extensive damage to vital infrastructure including roads, bridges and water treatment plants.”

    Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has predicted that the cost of damage from the floods to reach billions. Some communities have now been submerged for up to 10 days.

    “The recovery … is going to require literally billions of dollars from federal, state and local governments (and) insurance companies,” she told the ABC today.

    “It’s an enormous disaster.

    “What we’ve never seen is so many towns, so many communities, so many regions all affected at once. It is a miserable and heart-breaking event.”

    The two towns of Theodore and Condamine have now been entirely evacuated.

    “Three thousand people are expected to be evacuated from Emerald, where essential items are being rationed.”

    “Dozens of communities remain isolated with flooding at unprecedented levels in Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Emerald and a string of smaller towns as thousands of people were forced out of their homes, The Courier-Mail reports.”

    “Disease fears grow as flooding hits towns’ water supplies and rivers rise in Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Emerald and Chinchilla ”

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