Floodwaters have swamped thousands of homes in the Australian city of Townsville which lead to mass evacuation. Now, police have found two dead bodies near a park but didn’t confirm either victim were those who disappeared earlier or someone else.
An aerial picture of Townsville showing the extent of floodwaters
More than a meter (3.3ft) of rain falls in Townsville city in the last 10 days. The amount of rain falls in those days is equal to the region’s total annual rainfall. Police didn’t provide any further detail about the pair death.
State officials have reported that they have rescued around 19 trapped people into the floodwaters. Two police forced to climb on the tree after their vehicle swept away in water. Small boats, tanks, and trucks use to rescue residents in low-lying areas while almost 1,100 people also shifted to higher ground.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison also visited the flood-affected city and admired the efforts of local administrators. Mr. Morrison further said that he had heard about two deaths confirmed “but the scale of the evacuations that took place, it was an extraordinary achievement”. Mr. Morrison added that Townsville residents will get airlifts of food, water, and other supplies.
Meanwhile, local officials also issued warning of more heavy rain in coming days. Crocodiles, snakes and other wildlife also spotted in flooded suburban streets and authorities requested people to remain alert.
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