Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Heavy damages of flood and rain in Queensland, Australia

Almost 1,000 people in Queensland have been vacated including the whole residents of the town of Theodore. The government has announced Theodore and two other towns in the region to be the biggest tragedy areas and the forecasters expect the floods have not yet peaked.
According to the local media, the cost of the destruction is around up to Australian Dollar 1.000 billion including huge losses of sunflower and cotton crops. 
Military Black Hawk helicopters are being sent to assist the affected 300 residents of Theodore, where each building in the town separate from the police station has been flooded.
Emergency Management Queensland spokesman Bruce O'Grady told Australia's ABC News, the town's river has gone up more than 50cm (20 in) above as compared its earlier recorded position. The weather experts forecasting it could go further highest level.
Inland town’s Chinchilla and Dalby are all below water; the nearby town of Warra, and the towns of Alpha and Jericho, west of Emerald has also been announced disaster zones, with numbers of homes flooded or at in danger. The water treatment plant in Dalby was also damaged by the flood consequently the supplies of drinking water have also been affected.
Furthermore 200 homes were flooded in Bundaberg on the south-east shore and hundreds of roads have been blocked in this region.
The capital, Brisbane, has confirmed its wettest December in more than 150 years. Cyclone Tasha, which hit Queensland on Saturday, also brought heavy rain to the state.
Long traffic lines have formed outside affected towns and police are capturing people who need freeing after driving into badly hit areas
 In New South Wales 175 people who had spent the night in emigration centre have returned home. But 800 people in the towns of Urbenville and Bonalbo are remained cut off for another 24 hours.
Neil Roberts Australia's Emergency Services Minister told ABC the most horrible was so far to come. He said, probably within the next 48 hours rain will be reduced but the real shock in some areas would not be experienced for the earlier coming days when floodwaters begin to go back.
"Once the rain ends there will still be major flooding impacts over the next few days."
Farming groups says the floods could cause up to $ 403m in losses to crops, badly beating an industry which was already suffering the effects of a lengthy famine.

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