Rockhampton is the next city to become a victim in the ongoing Queensland floods.
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has confirmed the last route into Rockhampton has become inundated by the natural disaster. Ms Bligh told the ABC’s 7.30 Report on Monday “The highway is cut at Rockhampton. Rockhampton is now completely stranded – a town of 75,000 people – no airport, rail or road.”
The flood crisis in Queensland has currently affected at least 22 towns and approximately 200,000 people over an area the size of France and Germany combined. It has been reported the death toll from the Queensland floods has risen to ten people.
Despite some towns like Bundaberg and Emerald who have been able to commence mopping up, the authorities are warning the crisis is far from over. Rain is still falling in some parts of the state and there are forecasts of further rain.
Resources Council of Queensland chief executive Michael Roche said “it is going to be several months before the dozens of mines that have shut down or suspended parts of their operations return to full capacity.”
Queensland became drenched after heavy rains have continued falling nearly two weeks ago when Cyclone Tasha crashed Australia’s north eastern coast.
Queensland authorities have warned that floodwaters will not peak until Tuesday or Wednesday at the earliest.