QUEENSLAND is bracing for more disaster as the worst floods in two decades continue to wreak havoc, cutting off supply lines and leaving more than 200,000 people affected across an area larger than Germany and Poland.
With the Fitzroy River at Rockhampton expected to peak at 9.4 metres tomorrow, the town was cut off from southern Queensland and had to receive supplies via an army C-130 Hercules, which flew goods to Mackay from where they were taken by truck south to Rockhampton.
Late yesterday rising waters blocked this route and the city of almost 75,000 became completely isolated, with three Black Hawk helicopters the only way supplies can be delivered.Advertisement: Story continues below
The closure of the arterial roads means fruit growers will lose millions in profit because they are unable to get their products to markets in the south. The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, announced hundreds of millions of dollars more in relief funding, including loans for small businesses and farmers.
The death toll rose yesterday from two to four, with a person killed when their car was swept off a road west of Emerald. And a 38-year-old fisherman’s body was recovered south of Gladstone.
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“200,000 people affected across an area larger than Germany and Poland.”