03 Feb '12, 2am
Thousands stranded, ordered to evacuate as Australia floods
In this photo released by New South Wales Premier's Office, flood waters inundate the town of Moree, Northern New South Wales, Australia on Friday, Feb 3, 2012. -- PHOTO: AP SYDNEY (AFP) - More than 10,000 Australians were on Friday stranded by flooding in the country's east, with thousands ordered to leave their homes or businesses and the military called in to airlift supplies. The New South Wales State Emergency Service said about 10,500 people were thought to be isolated by the waters that have rushed across the state's north and south-east Queensland after days of constant rain. More than 2,000 people have been ordered to evacuate buildings in the New South Wales town of Moree, which is preparing for its second flood in a matter of months. 'This one's going to be worse,' Moree mayor Katrina Humphries told national broadcaster ABC.