Severe Flooding in Eastern Australia Kills At Least 4 People And Displaces Thousands

by Colonel on January 29, 2013

“At least four people have died and thousands more have been displaced across Australia’s east coast as punishing winds, torrential rains and powerful ocean swells inundated large swaths of the country’s two most populous states.

The storm system, which has unleashed floods from north of Brisbane in Queensland state to Sydney over 900 kilometers south in New South Wales and beyond, is the result of a slow but very wet swing down the coast by the remains of Tropical Cyclone Oswald that began last week. The system has dumped record amounts of rain in many areas, isolating dozens of communities and snarling traffic both in the air and on land.

The floods continue a period of bizarre and destructive weather in Australia, which has been in the grips of a four-month heat wave.

” — Matt Siegel, Copyright 2013 The New York Times Company

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