Updated: 2/8/2019 7:16:55 AM
Up to 300.000 cattle are likely to have been lost in Queensland's flooding disaster, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says. "This will be heartbreaking to these communities, that have been experiencing years of drought only to see that turn into a torrential inundation which threatens now their very livelihoods in the complete other direction," he said. "We have all seen the images, the devastating scenes of what's occurring in north Queensland. We are expecting hundreds of thousands of stock losses."
Updated: 2/7/2019 3:29:35 AM
Drought-hit Queensland graziers who are now in the grip of devastating floods may have lost up to half their herds, authorities say. Flood waters have swamped vast swathes of northwest Queensland, killing cattle in their thousands and leaving entire herds isolated and facing possible starvation. McKinlay Shire Mayor Belinda Murphy said graziers are braced for major stock losses but can't yet get a handle on what's happened to their animals.
"Going from extreme drought to extreme flood and losing half of your income in nine or 10 days is just phenomenal," Ms Murphy has told ABC radio.
Published Monday, February 4, 2019
A vigorous, slow-moving monsoon trough over northern Queensland, Australia is extending from Townsville to Gregory Springs into a deep, semi-stationary tropical low, located about 200 km north of Mount Isa.
It will remain active this week, with further heavy and intense rainfall expected for already saturated catchments.
Exceptional and record-breaking rainfall has already flooded the region and the potential for significant and dangerous flash flooding will continue for areas between Ingham and Bowen, possibly extending as far south as Mackay from Monday, February 4, 2019.
The region has already received extreme amounts of rain over the past 9 to 10 days, dropping as much as 500 mm in 24 hours on January 26 on parts of Douglas Shire.
In some places, 300 mm of rain fell in just 6 hours. In 48 hours to January 27, the area received more than 620 mm.
All that rain in such a short period of time caused the Daintree River to rapidly rise, break the major flood stage of 9 m around 18:00 LT, January 26 and peak just after 00:00 AEDT on Sunday, January 27 at 12.6 m, breaking the previous record of 12.4 m set in 1901.
The rain continued over the next couple of days and further intensified over Ingham and Townsville, dropping over 500 mm of rain in a 24-hour period to 09:00 LT, February 3.
"Most of that fell after sunset, with rates of more than 100 mm per hour recorded in Ingham and surrounds," Higgins Storm Chasing reports.
"The continuous rainfall over Greater Townsville has also lead to the City recording its wettest week in history – beating the Night of Noah by over 100 mm!"
Emergency services have received hundreds of call for assistance as flood waters continue to rise through the night and ADF members have launched boats into the streets of Idalia, in Townsville’s south, searching for any lights on or residents in need of rescue, the Townsville Bulletin reports.
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