Four dead in Australia floods

Torrential rain has flooded several towns in eastern Australia, killing four people.

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NSW State Commissioner: 'Challenging 24 hours' ahead

Some areas of New South Wales in Australia have been hit by more than 20 inches of rain.

Four people have died, in the floods across parts of North Eastern Australia, including a three-year-old boy who was hit by a falling tree in Brisbane.

We're expecting flash flooding, we're expecting trees to be brought down, wires to be brought down by these winds.

We're expecting a very challenging 24 hours in front of us.

– Steve Pearce, State Emergency Services deputy commissioner

Earlier this month, parts of the country was devastated by wildfires, caused by extreme temperatures.

Four people die after torrential rain floods Australia

Four people have died after torrential rain has flooded towns and cities in North Eastern Australia.

Around 1,000 helicopter evacuations have taken place, with officials rushing to move people in higher risk areas to safety.

Floodwaters from the Burnett River inundate parts of Bundaberg, north of Brisbane Credit: Reuters

In one of the hardest-hit cities, Bundaberg, a river broke its banks, sending fast flowing muddy water through streets and homes.

Around 1,500 residents have fled to evacuation centres.

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Around 1,000 people airlifted to safety in Queensland

A massive air rescue operation in the city of Bundaberg, Queensland has been completed, Australia's Broadcasting Corporation reports.

Rising floodwaters had left many people stranded after a cyclone brought heavy rain.

About 1,000 people were airlifted in North Bundaberg to safety.

I understand that the last rescue was being undertaken there, but those choppers will continue to fly over just to make sure that nobody's been missed.

– Bruce Grady from Emergency Management Queensland

Australian town covered in foam after bad weather

Bad weather conditions affecting the Australian state of Queensland has led to a small beach town being covered in foam.

The foam was whipped up from the ocean and brought on to Mooloolaba's shore, local media said.

Many residents and tourists took the opportunity to play in the foam or take photographs of the natural phenomenon.

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