24 Jan '11, 3am

Floodwaters broke levees in disaster-hit Australia to inundate more properties in the southeastern state of Victoria

Floodwaters broke levees in disaster-hit Australia to inundate more properties in the southeastern state of Victoria

Australia's deadly flood crisis forced more people to flee their homes as a vast swath of muddy water spread further across the country's southeast. -- PHOTO: AFP MELBOURNE - SURGING floodwaters broke levees in disaster-hit Australia on Monday to inundate more properties in the southeast, as residents sandbagged homes against the spiralling crisis. Swollen rivers in the southeastern state of Victoria have created a flood zone measuring an estimated 90km long and 40km wide, the State Emergency Service said. 'This area has seen unprecedented flooding,' SES spokesman Kevin Monk told AFP. 'This is just amazing.' As the floodwaters rushed towards the Murray River, evacuation alerts were issued late on Sunday and early on Monday for the small communities of Pental Island and Murrabit West, home to about 400 people each. In an emergency alert the SES said that levees around Murra...

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