More than a million square miles of Australia are under water in the worst flooding this century.
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Aerial river and flooded area around it
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Aerial view flooded fields
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Background: More than a million square miles of Australia are under water in the worst flooding this century. flood waters now cover all but a coastal strip of the states of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. And the border area of South Australia is being threatened.
The flooding, caused by torrential rains, has killed at least seven people and caused millions of pounds worth of damage. The entire cotton crop of New South Wales, worth millions of Australian dollars, has been wiped out. Literally millions of sheep and cattle are trapped or drowned. Officials say their is little chance the stranded sheep can be saved.
Many towns have been cut off and an unknown number of tourists and campers are stranded. Aerial patrols are trying to spot people trapped by the flood waters. A thousand people in New South Wales alone have been forced to evacuate their homes. Violent flash floods paralysed the cities of Albury and Wodonga on the border between New South Wales and Victoria. Factories, shops and hundred of houses were flooded. The town of Moree, about three hundred miles southwest of Brisbane is surrounded by an inland lake one hundred-and-sixty miles wide.
The weather is starting to improve but the worst is still to come because of runoff from high ground.