Storms and Floods

Flooding in North Queensland, Australia

-Heavy rainfall caused flooding in north Queensland, mainly in Ingham, Halifax and Tully and parts of Townsville.

-Ex-cyclone Oswald also caused heavy rainfall on the Central Queensland coast and Capricornia region. In Rockhampton many streets in the city are now under water, and “very destructive winds” are also being felt.

-Water levels in southeast Queensland dams will be reduced to protect urban areas from any flooding associated with ex-tropical cyclone Oswald.

-The Bruce Highway, a major highway in Queensland has been cut in several places.

-A rail link between Cairns and Townsville has been closed by Queensland Rail due to flash flood.

-Gale warning is issued for Bowen to Burnett Heads.

-Rainfall between 100 mm to 300 mm is predicted in the southeast over the next four days.

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Landslide in Skardu, Pakistan

-Landslide blocked Baltoro river flow in Skardu, the main town of the region Baltistan of Pakistan.

-A 300 x 800 mountain landslide has changed the course of water. River water has also flooded adjacent areas in Skardu.

Landslide has destroyed about 80m of road in Matang, Malaysia.

Nearly 50 flood warnings have been issued across Britain. A combination of heavy downpour and a rapid thaw of snow and ice cold may cause problem.

Venice, Italy Floods Again

Tourists arriving for Venice Carnival are wading through water in St Mark’s square on Thursday after unusually high levels cause flooding. Water is spilling over canal walls in the city in the run up to festivities, for which hundreds of thousands of people are expected to come.

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