Thursday, December 30, 2010
As the situation is so very bad and I am only about 60miles from some of the worst of it - I thought I would post an update to the situation.
We are quite safe, though we were cut off from town for a couple of days!!
More than 200,000 people have been affected by relentless flooding in northeast Australia, with the flood zone now stretching over an area bigger than France and Germany combined, officials said Friday 31st Dec 2010.
Germany is about 137,000 sq miles.
France is about 212,000 sq miles.
Total – 349,000 sq miles.
Or for the Aussies - the area of NSW and Victoria combined - is now flooded!!
Heavy rains and flooding in northeast Australia is common during the southern hemisphere summer, but the scope of the damage from the recent downpours is extremely unusual, Queensland state Premier Anna Bligh said
"This is without a doubt a tragedy on an unprecedented scale," Anna Bligh told Australian Broadcasting Corp. "We now have 22 towns or cities that are either substantially flooded or isolated because the roads have been cut off to them. That represents some 200,000 people spanning an area that's bigger than the size of France and Germany combined."
As we go towards 2011 - please spare a thought for the thousands who are celebrating New Year with nothing left - who have been evacuated and have nothing left to return to!!
And also spare a thought for all the wildlife that is fighting for survival in this, Queenslands toughest hour!!.