Australia

Australia floods claim first victim

Buildings are submerged in floodwaters in a neighborhood in Rockhampton
Buildings are submerged in floodwaters in a neighborhood in Rockhampton Reuters

Devastating floods in Australia have claimed their first victim in the state of Queensland. A 41-year-old woman was swept from her car as she attempted to cross a swamped causeway.

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The body of the missing woman was later recovered in the northern Gulf of Carpentaria region. The police managed to save three children and another adult from the swamped car but was unable to get to the woman.

There were fears for another man missing after his fishing boat was engulfed by rising waters and a second man has also gone missing in the coastal city of Rockhampton.

Australians were bracing on Sunday for a severe storm set to sweep through the region, bringing heavy rainfall and strong winds.

Australia’s economy including its mining industry and its farming sector has been badly hit by the floods. It is estimated that the damages will cost some hundreds of millions of euros.

Police also warned that relief operations could continue for a month. The floods were expected to peak on Wednesday.

Up to 200,000 people have been affected by the floods so far.
 

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