Friday, 31 December 2010
Areas in the suburbs of Emerald, Queensland State, Australia, flooded on Thursday (30/12). Hundreds of people have been displaced. Local officials estimate, bad weather in the region will continue until one week ahead.
BRISBANE, THURSDAY - Flooding that hit the state of Queensland, northeast Australia, is increasingly becoming-so once the surface water of the river continues to rise, at least 13 cities submerged. Residents were evacuated towns, railway lines and roads cut off, and disrupted mining activity.
All citizens of the city of Condamine, as many as 130 people, were evacuated by helicopter on Thursday (30/12), after the city was slowly but surely submerged in water.
Neil Roberts, Minister for Emergency Services State of Queensland, said the Condamine is one of 13 cities whose inhabitants have been evacuated on Thursday as water levels continue to rise. According to him, the total population reached 2,000 people have been evacuated.
In Bundaberg, southeastern Queensland, about 120 houses submerged due to overflowing of Burnett River which divides the city. Bundaberg City Deputy Mayor Tony Ricciardi said, as many as 400 people were evacuated throughout the night since Wednesday.
All citizens of the city of Theodore, as many as 300 people, also were evacuated by Australian soldiers on Wednesday.
One of the worst hit by flooding the town is Emerald, which has a population of 15,000 people. Fitzroy River, which flows through the city, overflowed and is forecast to peak at a height of 16.3 meters, Friday afternoon, and drowned more than 80 percent of the city. In the Australian Bureau of Meteorology observation station (www.bom.gov.au) in the region Riverslea, Fitzroy water level had reached 23.53 meters even on the bridge at that location.
Jeff Perkins, a researcher at the Bureau of Meteorology Australia, estimates, Fitzroy water flow would cause the worst flooding in 50 years in the city of Rockhampton, which is located downstream near the coast. "Flooding will be very big over there next week, with the water level can reach 9.4 meters, the same as the 1954 floods," said Perkins.
Queensland state Premier Anna Bligh said the current flooding disaster unprecedented in history. "Scale (disaster) and the number of people affected has not been this big before. Flooding occurred in many places simultaneously, "said Bligh, who has been disbursed funds for emergency response at 1 million Australian dollars (USD 9.1 billion).
Bligh also said the flooding likely will not subside until the next 10 days, and the recovery operation and cleanup could take weeks after that. "When the water receded, then we will know how much trouble and loss that we face," said Bligh, who estimated losses reached billions of dollars of Australia.
Mining giant-mining world, such as Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, and Anglo American, announced a state of emergency and their coal mining production in the flood affected areas of Queensland. Sugar cane and cotton plantations which are very spacious also drowned by the flood.
Maureen Clancy, Mayor of Banana Shire officials, warned the danger of disease from water contaminated by dead animals and mosquitoes which breed in stagnant water rapidly.
Tony Ham, the Queensland Shark Control Program Manager, warned the danger of runoff bull sharks (Carcharhinus leucas) and a ferocious wild crocodiles, from their habitat in large rivers, to the swimming-pool and surfing resorts.
Heavy floods in Australia is caused by a tropical storm that occurred last week Tasha. The storm caused heavy rains last week, with rains of up to 1.3 meters. (AFP / AP / CNN / BBC / DHF)
Source :: Kompas.com
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