2011 Australian floods

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Devastating floods affected large regions of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria in January 2011. In Queensland, 22 people were killed and nine were still missing as at 24 January 2011.[1]

The Australian federal Treasurer Wayne Swan has predicted the economic cost of the disaster will be the highest in Australia's history.

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Impacts

Queensland

Victoria

  • 75 towns have been subject to flooding
  • 3000 rural properties have been flooded
  • More than 250 buildings have been flooded.
  • More than 22,000 sheep, 300,000 poultry and almost 600 cattle have been lost.[2]
  • Cost impacts to the agriculture are estimated to be up to $1.5b
  • Total cost estimates are between $2b[3], and possibly up to $6b

Responses

There has been significant community efforts to restore communities affected by the floods, with assistance provided be state and federal governments. At the state level, emergency services organisations such as the Police and State Emergency Service(s) have been very active. At the federal level, the Australian Army has been deployed to assist.

Political responses have been varied.

Calls for more dams

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott called for the construction of more dams in Queensland, claiming that this would reduce the impact of similar floods.

A flood levy is introduced

Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced a Flood Levy that will be in place for one year to raise money required to cover floods-relate expenditure, including rebuilding infrastructure and properties. The federal opposition countered this by claiming that the levy should not be introduced, but money should be diverted from the National Broadband Network project to flood relief.


Videos

Flash flooding in Toowoomba

ABC (United States) Worlds news reports on floods in Australia and Brazil

See also

External links

References

  1. Death toll from south-east Qld floods rises to 22, ABC News
  2. Flood levee may have been tampered with, ABC News
  3. Victorian damage bill to hit $2bn, The Age


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