Australia’s biggest flood fears as floodwaters rise again
The number of people under threat of flooding in the country’s east has risen again, with emergency services warning of more than 40 deaths and more than 1,000 homes in flood-affected areas.
Key points:At least 39 people have died since the floods began in AprilEmergency services have warned more than 100,000 people could be at risk of flooding after the floodwaters began to rise againA large dam in the region is likely to be breachedThis is the first time the flood has been recorded since it began in early April Emergency services are calling on people in flood zones to take emergency measures to reduce the risk of drowning or drowning in their own homesEmergency services are warning people in areas of heavy flooding to take extra precautions to reduce their risk of death or serious injury in their homes.
Residents are being urged to take additional measures to minimise their risk.
There has been an increase in the number of deaths in the past few days and an increase of the number with severe and life-threatening injuries, a statement from the state’s Department of Emergency Services said.
“A large Dam in the area is likely, with the potential to breach the dam, which is expected to raise the risk for flooding,” it said.
There have also been an estimated 710 homes inundated and several other homes destroyed.
“We urge people to take precautions to minimisise the risk and to minimising their risk when managing their own home and family,” the statement added.
The floods have also affected several state parks.
Emergency services said people should use caution around floodwaters and do not drive in floodwaters, as it is dangerous to drive through floodwaters.
“Residents should consider keeping their vehicles and vehicles parked to minimised risk, especially if there is a road hazard,” the state department said.
More to come.