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Queensland floods: Airport submerged and crocodiles seen after record rain

Flash floods have inundated parts of northern Queensland – with the heavy rain thwarting attempts to evacuate a settlement hit by rising water. Extreme weather driven by a tropical cyclone has dumped a year’s worth of rain on some areas. Images show planes stuck on Cairns airport runway, a crocodile captured in Ingham, and people fleeing in boats. Authorities called off the evacuation of Wujal Wujal’s 300 residents due to adverse conditions. No deaths or missing people reported have so far been reported. However, authorities expect the flooding to be the worst recorded in the state, and intense rainfall is expected to continue for another 24 hours. Hundreds of people have been rescued – with many homes inundated, power and roads cut off and safe drinking water dwindling. The city of Cairns has received more than 2m (7ft) of rainfall since the weather event began. Its airport was closed after planes became trapped by flooding of the runway, although authorities say the waters have since cleared. Queensland Premier Steven Miles told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) that the natural disaster was “about the worst I can remember. “I have been talking to Cairns locals on the ground… and they say they have never seen anything like it,” he said. “For someone from far north Queensland to say that, that is really saying something.” In the remote town of Wujal Wujal, about 175km (110 miles) north of Cairns, nine people including a sick child spent the night on the roof of a hospital after emergency crews were unable to reach them. The group on Monday were relocated to another spot, but Mr Miles said he had been forced to call off the evacuation of the rest of the town due to the bad weather. bbc

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.