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Australia’s East Coast Hit by Flooding

April 2nd, 2009 Category: Floods

East coast of Australia - March 30th, 2009

East coast of Australia - March 30th, 2009

More than 30 hours of incessant rain eased today on Australia’s east coast, where widespread flooding cut off thousands of people from services and resulted in four areas being declared disaster zones, officials said.

In this image, taken on March 30th, the storm can be seen moving in over the coastline. The torrential rains caused widespread flooding in the state of New South Wales  and flash floods in south-east Queensland.

Several east-coast towns were declared disaster zones yesterday, reported the Straits Times, after the flash floods stranded thousands of people and forced hundreds to be evacuated.

More than 2,000 people spent the night house-bound or trapped in schools and restaurants after a sudden deluge hit towns around Coffs Harbour some 570 kilometres (350 miles) north of Sydney on Tuesday, officials said.

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