A woman is dead after a car was swept into a swollen river in northeastern Australia during the worst flooding to hit the area in decades.
The victim was travelling in a car trying to cross a flooded causeway in western Queensland.
About 200,000 people have been affected by widespread flooding in the state, but this is the first reported casualty. Floodwaters are still rising and could reach nine-metres high.
“In many ways, it is a disaster of biblical proportions,” says Queensland Treasurer Andrew Fraser.
Australia had a wet, La Niña spring with torrential rain falling in the northeastern part of the country.
The rain has stopped but rivers are still surging and overflowing into low-lying areas.
Half of Queensland is flooded. That's roughly the size of British Columbia.
Flooded towns could be underwater for more than a week. Evacuations continue in places like Rockhampton, which is in the path of floodwater as it flows towards the ocean.
Evacuees may have to wait two weeks before returning home, and may not have homes to go back to at all.
With files from The Associated Press