At Least Eight Dead, Others Missing in Queensland Floods

At least eight people died and others are missing from the flash floods in the northeastern Australian state of Queensland in the past few days.

Police said on Feb. 28 that they found the bodies of a man and his dog in a car submerged in floodwaters in the Currumbin Valley, bringing the death toll to eight.

Police also said that two men were missing in Brisbane and in Glen Esk.

Many other people have been left stranded on roofs as floodwaters quickly rise.

The floods have reportedly damaged over 18,600 houses and businesses.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that emergency service reinforcements were on their way to assist with the situation.

Palaszczuk described the torrential rain as a “rain bomb” and compared it to an “unpredictable cyclone.”

“No one has seen this amount of rain in such a short time in our entire south-east catchment zone,” Palaszczuk told reporters.

According to Palaszczuk, Brisbane River peaked below four meters on Feb. 28 morning at 3.85 meters. It is set to rise again to 3.7 meters at 9 a.m. on March 1.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that disaster recovery payments would be available for affected communities and that the Defense Forces will be deployed to help in cleanup efforts.


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