Four dead in Australia floods

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

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Three dead in eastern Australia flooding

Torrential rain has flooded several towns in eastern Australia, killing three people, reports Associated Press.

Businesses in the Queensland state capital Brisbane were inundated while 1,200 properties were flooded by record-high waters in the city of Bundaberg, 240 miles to the north.

Torrential rain has caused flooding the Queensland, Australia. Credit: RTV

Helicopters were used to rescue 18 people from the roofs of their homes in Bundaberg, which has a population of 98,000.

Queensland police said that three people were confirmed dead in the floods.

There was also flooding in the Queensland towns of Gladstone, Gympie and Ipswich

Julia Gillard: 'Our emergency workers are our finest and bravest'

The Australian prime minister Julia Gillard has issued a statement regarding the flooding in Queensland.

The thoughts of the nation are today with the people of Queensland who are battling a new round of natural disasters.

For many Queenslanders, the memories of the floods of two summers ago are still fresh.

I pay tribute to our emergency service workers who are among our finest and bravest. Across the nation, they have been tested by bushfires that are still raging across several other states. Now in Queensland, they are being tested by the ferocity of the wind and rain.

– Julia Gillard

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Regional disaster management advises to prepare sandbags

Moreton Bay disaster management has advised that Queensland residents in low-lying areas should prepare sandbags to protect themselves.

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Moreton Bay Regional Council is advising residents in Dale Street and immediate surrounds in Burpengary to self-evacuate this afternoon.

'Do not go to the beaches' say Queensland police

The Queensland police press conference
The Queensland police press conference Credit: Queensland Police / Livestream

Queensland police have advised Queensland residents to stay away from the beach, citing it as "too dangerous."

In a press conference, a spokesman said that the Gold Coast can also expect heavy rainfall and damaging winds over the next 24 hours.

High rainfall is expected in Brisband for the next 24 hours, but the weather system should move by Monday afternoon.

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Australian electric company report power failures

Energex, which according to its Twitter biography serves 1.3 million homes and businesses in Queensland, Australia, has reported that 60,000 are without power in south east Queensland.

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Currently 60,000 without power in SEQ. Crews will work to restore power as soon as it's safe - 3pm at earliest, but some will be tomorrow.

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