Devastating flooding continues in Australia – snake infested floodwaters kill three

January 4, 2011 06:26

“It is a nightmare. Daily life has become incredibly complicated. Many roads remain impassable. The authorities have warned residents to be wary of snakes and crocodiles.”

BBC News


The Australian city of Rockhampton is bracing itself as devastating flood waters are expected to reach their highest levels in the next 12-18 hours.

Police are urging people to stay out of the snake-infested waters, that have claimed the lives of three people.

More than 20 towns across a huge swathe of Queensland have been cut off or flooded, and more than 200,000 people affected.

Premier Anna Bligh said 75% of operations have been halted at the state’s coal fields, which supply just under half of the world’s coking coal needed in steel manufacturing.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has described the situation as “a major natural disaster” and said recovery would take “a significant amount of time”.

The US was the latest nation to offer its assistance to the recovery of Queensland.


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