SYDNEY – The heavy rain dropped by cyclone Oswald made the Burnett River break over its banks, causing severe flooding.
NDJ World | Published: Jan 28 2013 Australia→World News
The town of Bundaberg with 70,000 residents, has been hit the hardest. At least 2,000 land parcels and 1,200 homes stand under water as the Burnett river broke every dam in its path with waters rushing through at 46Mph, fast enough to drag the wooden houses along.
Police chief Rowan Bond said “That water is a disaster for the homes, especially the wooden ones. People are in eminent danger.”
Several people lost their lives in the flooding. A mother and her 4 year old child were both struck by a tree and rushed to a nearby hospital with severe head injuries. The toddler didn’t make it. His mom (34) is still in grave condition.
In Queensland, an 81 year old man drowned after the anchor of his boat was pulled loose by the strong current.
A 27 year old man was surprised by the fast rising water and became trapped. Eyewitnesses say they saw the spinning water pulling him under.
Massive evacuation are ongoing in Lockyer Valley, west of Brisbane.
A super dry heatwave that lasted for a week was followed by cyclone Oswald, dropping as much as 1.5 feet of rain in just a matter of hours along Australia’s coastal region.
Brisbane is preparing itself to get flooded as well. Two years ago, a similar storm was even too much for the powerful Wivenhoe Dam, causing thousands of homes in Brisbane to get flooded.
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