Heavy rain causes floods, landslide in Sunshine Coast of Australia

10:59, October 09, 2010      

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A disaster coordination center has been activated on Queensland's Sunshine Coast of Australia, where heavy rain caused flash flooding and landslips on Friday night, local media reported on Saturday.

According to ABC News, more than 250 millimeters of rain has fall across the Queensland's region since 9:00am on Friday. Up to 80 millimeters of rain fell in just one hour at one stage overnight.

The Tewantin and Noosa region had the biggest falls in Queensland, where nearby Lake Cooribah recorded 257 millimeters of rain in 24 hours.

State Emergency Service crews have been sandbagging and putting tarps on leaky roofs. Heavy equipment is scraping sand and debris off the road after a landslip on Noosa Drive.

Accoding to the Bureau of Meteorology's Vikash Prasad, more heavy rain is likely on Saturday night or Sunday.

"We were looking at hourly rainfalls of getting up to 70 to 80 millimeters in the Sunshine Coast hinterland area. You could probably say it's like a 10 year period where you can get that sort of rainfall," Prasad told ABC News on Saturday.

Authorities also said Saturday morning's high tide could cause more problems with storm water run-off.

Source: Xinhua


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