Hochwasser in Queensland wird stärker  infographic
Grafik zeigt die gefährdeten Hochwassergebiete in Queensland.
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Australia hit by once-in-a-century floods

February 4, 2019 - Ein "Jahrhundert-Hochwasser" gefährdet Teile von Queensland, Warnung vor noch weiteren, schweren Regenfällen wurde ausgegeben.
Die Behörden warnen die Bevölkerung außerdem vor Krokodilen und Schlangen, die mit dem Hochwasser in die Nähe der Häuser kommen.

The authorities were forced to open floodgates of a major dam late Sunday, unleashing what they called "dangerous and high velocity flows.”

In Townsville, a major export hub for copper, zinc, lead and sugar, more than 1,100 people have been evacuated, while up to 20,000 homes are at risk of being inundated if the rains continue, officials said.

Authorities warned residents to beware of crocodiles and snakes spotted in floodwaters in residential areas.

Australia's tropical north typically experiences heavy rains during the monsoon season, but the recent downpour has seen some areas get a year's worth of rainfall in a week.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the downpours could continue until Thursday, while floodwaters will take some time to recede even when the rains lessen.

Meanwhile, Australia endured its hottest month on record in January, with sweltering conditions expected to persist through April.

PUBLISHED: 04/02/2019; STORY: Graphic News
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