Australia calls up troops to deal with deadly floods
SYDNEY (AFP) — Australia ramped up its military response to deadly flooding in the country's northeast Tuesday, as troops prepared for a massive clean-up operation following storms which killed four and left thousands of homes swamped.
Heavy rains and flooding triggered by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald have inundated the states of Queensland and New South Wales, with the most recent fatality a three-year-old boy killed by a falling tree.
Tens of thousands of people have been left isolated or displaced by the torrents, but after rivers peaked in most areas late Tuesday waters began to drop gradually and troops started to prepare for a mammoth recovery effort.http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jwfYIaYK8sfxJr-J5GBL01uULEHA
Australia floods kill 4, soak thousands of homes
CBC NEWS - Torrential rain dumped by ex-cyclone Oswald has cut power to thousands of homes and left many awaiting rescue from dangerous conditions.
In Bundaberg, about 385 kilometres north of Brisbane, the rain has stopped, but the Burnett River has spilled over its banks and flooded an estimated 2,000 homes. High winds are hindering rescue and recovery efforts.
In other eastern Australian towns, helicopters have been used to pluck 18 people from the roofs of their flooded homes. Major Queensland-area towns of Gladstone, Gympie and Ipswich have all been hit by heavy flooding.
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