Food crisis emerges in Australia's flood-stricken regions

18:15, December 30, 2010      

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The town of Emeraldin Queensland, Australia is seen flooded Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

A food crisis is emerging in Australia's flood-stricken areas of Queensland, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported on Thursday.

Authorities are planning mass food drops to isolated communities across central and southern regions in the state, as the crisis rages.

State Recovery coordinator Bruce Grady said that with so many roads cut and so many people forced into evacuation centers food supply was of "growing concern".

He said authorities were working with retailers to open up supply chains and get food and other essentials to needy communities.

On Thursday, the situation in the town of Emerald in central Queensland was of most concern, amid predictions 80 percent of the town would be inundated and 8,000 residents could be affected by floodwaters.

About 2,500 residents were planning to evacuate as floodwaters had cut road and rail access to the town, Emergency Management Queensland said.

Further south, Condamine has become the second entire town to be evacuated and three helicopters were used to get the town's entire population of 100 out after the Condamine River reached a record peak of 14.25 meters, the AAP reported.

Theodore, to Condamine's north, is already empty with its 300 residents having been evacuated.

At Bundaberg, on the coast, a peak of 7.9 meters has hit, with floodwaters splitting the city in two, inundating 120 properties, forcing almost 400 evacuations.

Further north, at Rockhampton, there are fears more than 4,000 properties could be affected by what's threatening to be the worst flood in the city's history.

Source: Xinhua
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