The flood crisis in the state of Queensland in Australia has worsened again today, with confirmation of eight deaths and about 72 people missing in the Queensland town of Toowombah and surrounding areas following the severe flash floods yesterday. In towns below Toowombah, homes and buildings were hit with a 7 metre wall of water, leaving a trail of destruction and death.
In recent hours that area affected by secere flooding had spread widely and rapidly, including the Queensland capital of Brisbane and now also throughout southern Queensland and northern New South Wales. The next 48 hours is likely to see significant and major escalations in flooding throughout New South Wales and Queensland, including northern Queensland.
At the moment the major areas of concern include Ipswich, Brisbane and surrounding areas in Queensland, as well as Kempsey, Tenterfield, Belligen and Grafton in New South Wales. Many areas already flooded several times in recent weeks are again threatened by renewed secere flooding. There are many, many areas now severely affected in both states. A major weather system in now moving into affected areas.
The flood crisis in the state of Queensland in Australia has worsened today. The latest news from Toowombah has two people dead in the sudden flash flood with more missing. In other towns and centres in south east Queensland houses have been swept away with flash floods and those living downstream have been warned to get out as soon as possible.
For those outside of Australia, the eastern states have been hit by flooding for the majority of 2010, with the situation worsening into the New Year (2011). Dalby in Queensland is currently experiencing its 5th major flood event in a month, with the lastest flood being the worst so far. Weather conditions are expacted to continue as they have for several months to come. The Queensland capital of Brisbane has been told to prepare for the worst, with flood conditions there expected to be at
it the worst within the next 48 hours even as heavy rain continues.
At times the flooding in Queensland has covered an area as large as New South Wales, where currently massive amounts of water from Queensland are beginning to flow across the border and will isolate towns and regional areas for weeks. Currently the situation in Queensland is being described as flooding an area as large as Germany and France combined.