04 Feb '12, 9am

Rising Australian floodwaters spark mass evacuation in Queensland

Australia's flood crisis deepened on Saturday as authorities braced for waters to peak in Queensland where one woman is missing after being swept away while elsewhere thousands remain stranded by the surge. -- PHOTO: AP SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia's flood crisis deepened on Saturday as authorities braced for waters to peak in Queensland where one woman is missing after being swept away while elsewhere thousands remain stranded by the surge. Prime Minister Julia Gillard said eight military helicopters would help in search, evacuation and resupply missions in the eastern state, where days of heavy rainfall have prompted hundreds of evacuations and dozens of rescues. 'The helicopters will be available to assist in rescue operations as required until the immediate crisis has passed,' Ms Gillard said in a statement. In the inland Queensland town of Charleville, authorities are on ...

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