22 Jan '11, 6am

Aussie floods continue destruction

MELBOURNE: Record floods described as a giant "inland sea" were Saturday moving to inundate several communities in southeast Australia, as officials warned the waters could linger for days. The floods, which have hit 75 towns across Victoria state and affected 1,770 properties, are estimated to cover an area 90 kilometres (56 miles) long and 40 kilometres wide, ABC radio reported. "We know that this is the most significant flooding in the north west of Victoria since records began... about 130 years ago," a spokeswoman for the State Emergency Service told AFP. "We are still on alert for towns in the north of the state." Eastern Australia has been lashed by torrential rains triggered by La Nina, a weather system associated with cyclones, which caused massive floods that devastated Queensland and spread south to New South Wales. After surging torrents of dirty brown water fl...

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