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Australia floodwaters cover area bigger than Texas

January 2, 2011

Full Article at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40862006/ns/weather/

 Military aircraft dropped supplies to towns cut off by floods in northeastern Australia as the prime minister promised new assistance Friday to the 200,000 people affected by waters. Southern Australia, meanwhile, soaring temperatures and tinder dry conditions have sparked wildfires.

Residents were stocking up on food or evacuating their homes as rising rivers inundated or isolated 22 towns in the state of Queensland.

Authorities warned of rising health risks from floodwaters, along with the danger of crocodiles and snakes in flooded homes.

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The inland sea that now stretches across Queensland is dotted with the roofs of flooded homes, islands of dry ground crowded with stranded livestock and small boats ferrying people and emergency supplies.

Officials say half of Queensland’s 715,305 square miles is affected by the relentless flooding, which began last week after days of pounding rain caused swollen rivers to overflow. The flood zone covers an area larger than Texas.

While the rain has stopped, the rivers are still surging to new heights and overflowing into low-lying towns as the water makes its way toward the sea.

The flooding was not expected to reach a peak in some areas until Sunday.

Full Article at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40862006/ns/weather/

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