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Flooding in Queensland and New South Wales, Australia

February 20th, 2009 Category: Floods, Rivers

Queensland, Australia - February 19th, 2009

Queensland, Australia - February 19th, 2009

Close-up of river

Close-up of river

The Norman River, in Queensland, Australia, is full os sediments dredged up by the heavy rains that have been affecting the region over the last few weeks.

While the southern part of the country copes with the aftermath of the wildfires, Queensland is dealing with some of the worst flooding it has experienced in thirty years, reports the BBC.

Officials have reported that 62% of the state is affected by flooding, with many areas completely submerged, as small creeks quickly became rivers.

Fresh water, food and water treatment equipment were airlifted into the far northern town of Karumba, visible here at the mouth of the Norman River, which has been isolated by high waters for more than a month.

South of Queensland, the state of New South Wales has also been experiencing problems with flooding. Five areas on the state’s mid-north coast have been declared natural disaster zones.

High water has isolated about 5,000 people in towns, villages and farms across the state’s north, emergency officials said.

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