Worse to come as Australia flood toll rises

Floods sweeping across eastern Australia that have left four people dead and cost millions of dollars in crop losses could worsen next week.

Sydney: Floods sweeping across eastern
Australia that have left four people dead and cost millions of
dollars in crop losses could worsen next week, emergency
officials warned on Friday.

Some 30 regions have been declared natural disaster areas
in New South Wales and more than 300 people have been isolated
by the flood waters, but further storms are forecast for the
nation`s most populous state.

"The conditions are easing right now and over the
weekend, but the flooding will potentially increase next
week," a state emergency services spokesman told a news agency.

"We are now monitoring very closely the Macquarie River,
the Namoi river and the Murrumbidgee. If their levels rise,
there`s a potential to require evacuation."

The floods, which have also affected Victoria to the
south and the north-eastern state of Queensland are estimated
to have cost USD 493 million in crop losses in New South Wales
alone.

Three people in Queensland and one woman in New South
Wales have died in flood-related incidents since last week,
prompting emergency services to urge people not to drive
through the floods.

In Victoria, a major flood warning has been issued for
two river regions, while Rockhampton, on the north Queensland
coast, was bracing for possible floods early next week.

PTI

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