More than 100 people have died in floodwaters that have overwhelmed parts of Australia, the Australian Federal Government said on Wednesday.
Key points:A record number of people have lost their homes and businesses since flooding swept through Australia earlier this monthThousands of homes and shops have been left underwater or washed awayIn addition, hundreds of people are still missingMore than 1,400 homes and 1,000 businesses have been damaged, with more than 2,100 lost or damaged in the floods, the FFA said.
The flood inundation has caused the deaths of nearly 200 people, while at least 20 people are missing and at least five people have been killed in floods in Queensland and New South Wales, the Federal Government told reporters.
The number of fatalities has risen significantly, with nearly 800 people confirmed dead and more than 7,000 people missing, the minister for the Environment and Water Resources said.
“More than 50 lives have been lost in Australia due to floodwaters,” Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said.
“We are continuing to work with the communities and local communities affected by the flooding to provide support and assistance.”
In Queensland, a man and woman were taken to hospital after they lost their home in flood waters, and a woman was found dead in a car submerged in flood water.
In NSW, a woman died after she was found by her mother after she went to the rescue of a drowning man in a floodwaters.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said there were more than 50,000 flood warnings in place across Australia on Wednesday, and more flood warnings were expected in the coming days.
The floods have forced thousands of people to move into shelters, including some who are living in temporary housing, while authorities have closed schools and offices.
People have been leaving homes to search for their loved ones, while others have gone to the streets to seek help from rescuers.
In the southern city of Brisbane, an evacuation order was issued for the city’s shopping precinct, which was flooded during heavy rainfall.
“This is a very challenging time for all Brisbane residents and businesses and we ask everyone to avoid the area,” the city said in a statement.
“Please take care of your personal property and evacuate at your own risk.”