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Water challenges increase as Australia is hit with floods and cyclone

Australia drew the eyes of the world in late 2010 and early 2011 when record flooding and a cyclone turned huge areas of the continent into disaster zones.
Water challenges increase as Australia is hit with floods and cyclone

Brisbane Jazz Club (Photo © A. Middleton)

Queensland suffered "floods of unprecedented proportions, an inland tsunami so powerful it swept away lives and shattered communities, and the most powerful cyclone the nation has ever seen," said Australia's Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, in a speech to Parliament on 8 February.

"Flooding continues in New South Wales and Victoria; Tasmania, Western Australia and South Australia have not been spared either. And while so much water has done so much damage and caused so much despair, the nation has also being called on to fight fire in our west." 

IWC’s office in Brisbane, like much of the CBD, was closed for three days, and some of its staff have been forced to move out of badly damaged homes. Approximately 6,000 homes have been damaged throughout Queensland, and recovery time and costs are expected to be high. 

IWC sends heartfelt thoughts and condolences to the thousands of people who have lost loved ones, homes or livelihoods, and whose lives will be affected for a very long time to come, by disasters in Australia and overseas.


Flood Response Taskforce

With massive amounts of freshwater, nutrients and pesticides being poured into the ocean from the floods, IWC partner SEQ Healthy Waterways has established a Flood Response Taskforce to address the impact of the floods on South East Queensland waterways. 




Brisbane flood photos

Photos © A. Middleton

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