In the wake of Cyclone Debbie: Areas in Queensland suffer “three times” their monthly rainfall as authorities worry many could have drowned overnight

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    The Big Wobble: In the wake of Cyclone Debbie: Areas in Queensland suffer “three times” their monthly rainfall as authorities worry many could have drowned overnight

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    In the wake of Cyclone Debbie: Areas in Queensland suffer “three times” their monthly rainfall as authorities worry many could have drowned overnight

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    As tens of thousands of residents have
    evacuated homes in northern New South Wales and Queensland Australian
    authorities fear many people may have drowned as flooding from Cyclone Debbie
    still grips the two states.
    Yesterday flood waters continued to rise as
    some areas had up to “three times” their monthly rainfall.
    “There could be people overnight that
    perished in that flood, we don’t know at this stage,” said Mark Morrow,
    from the New South Wales State Emergency Service.
    “There could be some very distressing
    news.”
    Many pleas for help had gone unanswered
    because it was too dangerous, he said.
    The worst-hit areas included Lismore and
    Tweed Heads in NSW, and the Gold Coast and Beaudesert in Queensland.

    Unpredictable situation

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    “Now is the time to leave. Do not
    delay. Evacuation orders are mandatory,” New South Wales State Emergency
    Service said on Twitter on Thursday.
    Authorities said flooding in some towns had
    not yet reached its peak.
    More than 2,000 Queensland schools remained
    closed on Friday due to flooding
    About 80,000 people lost power in NSW,
    adding to tens of thousands without electricity in Queensland
    One town, Upper Springbrook, recorded
    almost 80cm (31ins) of rain on Thursday
    Firefighters had “saved the
    lives” of at least 85 people trapped in floods, Queensland authorities
    said

    Emergency crews may not reach some areas
    until Saturday, Mr Morrow said



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