Torrential floodwaters caused the death of at least five people in eastern Australia during the weekend (26th and 27th January).
GN & PAN Flood-waters in street
GV Floodwater in street outside shop
GV Two people wading up to hips in floodwater in street
SV Dog in flood-water swimming, PAN TO two people wading up to knees
SV man pushing motorcycle through water
SV Two man standing outside shop with floodwater running through legs (2 shots)
GV Floodwaters gush through park railing
SV Boy pushing car through floodwaters PAN TO other cars stranded in flood-water
SV Police car drives through floods
LV & GV Trucks slowly through water (2 shots)
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Background: Torrential floodwaters caused the death of at least five people in eastern Australia during the weekend (26th and 27th January). The coastal city of Brisbane suffered the worst floods it has know this century and was cut off from road, rail and air links.
Most of eastern Australia has bene battered by exceptionally heavy rainfall. But in Brisbane the situation was made worse by a combination of the wettest day for 87 years and a freak three-foot tital wave in the swollen Brisbane river which burst its banks.
At least 8,000 people had been evacuated from their homes by Sunday evening as the rains continued to fall. Some were rescued by a fleet of small craft while others were snatched from their rooftops by helicopters.
The Queensland state Premier Mr. Joh Bjelke-Petersen declared the Brisbane metropolitan are a disaster zone. The extent of the damage is not yet clear but Mr. Bjelke-Petersen described it as 'beyond comprehension'.