The Australian state of Queensland was on May 3 declared a disaster area, following a week of heavy rain which flooded towns and left thousands stranded.
1. AERIAL VIEW Chinchilla with flood waters reaching roofs of houses 0.04
2. AV Flood waters covering different areas of Chinchilla including business area (6 shots) 0.20
3. GV & SVs Charleys Creek swollen by floodwater (3 shots) 0.30
4. SVs Overturned dinghy 0.35
5. SV Two non-swimmer clinging to pole and another up three (3 shots) 0.49
6. SV Rescue boat picking them up (2 shots) 1.02
7. AVs Dalby and Mile Creek (2 shots) 1.12
8. SVs Flooded road (2 shots) 1.19
9. AVs Flooded area (2 shots) 1.26
10. SV Two men and dog walking in water 1.28
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Background: QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
The Australian state of Queensland was on May 3 declared a disaster area, following a week of heavy rain which flooded towns and left thousands stranded. By that time more than a hundred million U.S. dollars (Australian dollars) worth of damage was done, to add to the billions lost when the same areas were drought-stricken in the previous two years. A total of 280 millimetres (more than 11 inches) of rain fell on the town of Chinchilla in the south-east of the State and parts of the town were up to three metres (yards) deep in floodwater. Charleys Creek, which runs by the town, burst its banks. On May 4, a dinghy carrying five men, who were taking a first-hand look at the flooding was overturned by the swift current. Two swam to safety, but the other three could not swim. Two of the non-swimmers clung to a power pole and the third found refuge up a tree until all were rescued by a power boat from the State Emergency Service. Homes and roads were flooded in nearby Dalby when Mile Creek overflowed its banks. Emergency airlifts were being made to stranded townships in south-east Queensland and over the border in New South Wales, which was also hit by flash floods. There was one fatality -- a man electrocuted on his property.
Source: CHANNEL 0-10 NETWORK AUSTRALIA (BRISBANE)