Three people have died in Queensland, Australia as heavy rain from the former cyclone Oswald continues to wreak havoc. In the town of Bundaberg, hundreds of people have been stranded by rising floodwaters.
Helicopters have flown in to the town of Bundaberg to rescue hundreds of residents who have been stranded by rising floods. Many residents are trapped on the roofs of buildings, and rescue crews are rushing to fly them out before the buildings begin to crumble and collapse in the face of fast-flowing floodwater. Flooding began when the River Burnett burst its banks following heavy rains.
“We are a strong and smart nation and we’ll get through this, as we always do, by pulling together,” said Prime Minister Julia Gillard, speaking from Victoria.
The water is continuing to rise on Monday, and is not expected to peak until late Tuesday or early Wednesday. The Mayor of Bundaberg Mal Foreman has said that by the time it is over, the floods will prove to be “far worse” than those of 2010/2011, in which 35 people lost their lives across the state of Queensland.