BY: Shaukat Masood Zafar
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Australia flood update-Evacuation of affected continues
More than 200,000 people have been affected by the Queensland floods, which are thought to reach their peak in the next 24 hours. Rockhampton is now almost entirely cut off from the rests of the country, as the worst flooding in half a century heads into its second month. Flood preparations in the inundated city of Rockhampton are being put to the test as river levels hit their peak. South of Rockhampton, floodwaters are threatening Stwhere officials predict 80% of the town could be inundated next week.
More than 100 people spent the night in an emergency evacuation centre. Authorities continue to evacuate residents and have issued warnings for people to stay away from flooded roads, creeks and other waterways due to the risk of being swept away. Many residents have already evacuated, some forced to do so by police.
Australian ministers have been re-called from their leave to attend an emergency Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. Queensland Premiersaid: “As Queensland faces its toughest hour the Cabinet will meet to immediately begin the significant rebuilding process.”
The Fitzroy river which flows through the Queensland city is at 9.2m (30ft) and expected to hit 9.4m, having already swamped hundreds of acres. At least three deaths have been blamed on the floods so far. Officials say more than 400 homes will be flooded and another 4,000 will have water pouring through their gardens.
"There are literally thousands of Queenslanders who need our support."