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Tuesday, January 4, 2011
The 'Flood Of Biblical Proportions' That Has Devastated Australia
A month of epic flooding in northeastern Australia has become a "disaster of Biblical proportions," says Queensland State Treasurer Andrew Fraser.
Floods have forced 200,000 residents from their homes and shut down numerous mines, according to Reuters.
Reinsurers say the total damage could exceed US$1 billion.
A marooned wallaby in Dalby
A wallaby stands on a large round hay bail trapped by rising flood waters outside the town of Dalby in Queensland, Australia Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010. Days of torrential downpours have left parts of central and southern Queensland state inundated, flooding thousands of homes and businesses, cutting off roads and forcing the entire populations of two towns to evacuate. (AP Photo/Anthony Skerman)
Meanwhile in Rockhampton
This image made from AuBC video via Associated Press Television News shows a flooded street in Rockhampton, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011. Days of pounding rain last week left much of northeastern Australia swamped by a sea of muddy water, with flooding affecting about 200,000 people in an area larger than France and Germany combined. (AP Photo/AuBC via Associated Press Television News) AUSTRALIA OUT, TV OUT