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    Floods which started on Tuesday (10 February) after torrential rain, submerged thousands of square miles of farming land and threatened isolated farms and towns in three Australian states.

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    Floods which started on Tuesday (10 February) after torrential rain, submerged thousands of square miles of farming land and threatened isolated farms and towns in three Australian states.

    There were no reported fatalities bur government officials estimated that damage to livestock and property would run into millions of dollars.

    Rivers burst their banks and thousands of people were evacuated from their homes. Thirty towns in northern New South Wales, where the worst floods for a century were reported in some areas, were cut off by rising waters.

    Hundreds of families on isolated farms in southern Queensland were also cut off, while roads and rail tracks in the sparsely populated northern and central areas of South Australia were under water.

    In the normally-parched central outback around the town of Alice Springs the Todd river flooded, breaching the railway from Adelaide and the main road north to Darwin. Alice Springs is virtually isolated except by air and aborigines living around the town are among the worst affected.

    Townspeople, however, have rallied to an appeal for food, clothing and blankets to help them. In many cases aborigine children hadn't eaten for three days and some 500 people are stranded in the emergency area.

    SYNOPSIS: Floods, which started on Tuesday after torrential rain, submerged thousands of square miles of farming land and threatened isolated towns and farms in three Australian states. There were no reported casualties, but government officials estimated that damage to livestock and property would run into millions of dollars.

    Rivers burst their banks and thousands of people were evacuated from their homes. Thirty towns in northern New South Wales, where the worst floods for a century were reported in some areas, were cut off by rising waters.

    In the normal parched central outback around the town of Alice Springs, the Todd river flooded, breaching the railway from Adelaide and the main road north to Darwin. Alice Springs is virtually isolated except by air, and aborigines living around the town are among the worst affected. Townspeople however, have rallied to an appeal for food clothing and blankets to help them. In many cases, aborigine children had not eaten for three days and some 500 people are stranded in the emergency area. Hundreds of families on isolated farms in Southern Queensland were also cut off, while roads and rail tracks in the sparsely-populated northern and central areas of South Australia were under water.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADWXYQZF4LEPMIGDHAAIZRHTYV
    Media URN:
    VLVADWXYQZF4LEPMIGDHAAIZRHTYV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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