Two found dead as waters grip Townsville

North Queenslanders are in clean-up mode after floods triggered by heavy rain inundated communities. Source AAPMore

Police said late Tuesday that two bodies had been discovered in Townsville floodwaters following a search for two men in their 20s, who were last seen during the peak of the deluge early Monday.

The Australian defence forces filled sandbags, deployed amphibious cargo vehicles and helped pluck flashlight-wielding residents from their rooftops Monday, as monsoon rains drenched the northern state of Queensland.

Australia's military has been deployed to tackle devastating "once-in-a-century" floods that have inundated homes, schools and airports in the country's northeast, forcing hundreds to flee and bringing crocodiles onto the streets.

According to CNN affiliate 9 News, supermarket shelves across the region are almost empty, with chains struggling to restock after Townsville Airport was closed and many major roads cut.

The national broadcaster ABC reported that thousands of homes had been abandoned in the suburbs of Townsville and that evacuations were being conducted.

"You just can't believe how much water has come down from the Ross River", he said.

Refugee footballer pleads Thai authorities not to extradite him to Bahrain
Rights groups, soccer governing bodies and activists have pushed for Thailand to release al-Araibi so he can return to Australia. They don't respect human rights. "And therefore under worldwide law , he should not be a subject of these proceedings", he said.

"This is unprecedented, we've never seen anything like this before", she said.

The town was forced to open the floodgates to the overflowing Ross River Dam on Sunday, leaving a wall water flowing into the community and the river itself.

Forecasters are now anxious that a tornado could form in the region in the coming days as monsoonal conditions and strong winds continue.

"Dangerous and high-velocity flows will occur in the Ross River Sunday night into Monday".

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said overnight rain had thankfully missed the catchment of the dam, which remains swollen with water. "It didn't", she told 9 News. "If we were to receive high rainfall again in the catchment, the situation could change very quickly".

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Nissan to cancel plans to build X-Trail in Britain
Feb 05, 2019 - 00:41
Business secretary Greg Clark said that while the announcement was a "blow to the sector and region", no jobs would be lost. Unions have said they are "seriously concerned" about the ramifications and called the news "disappointing" on Monday.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top ‘Empire’ actor says account of attack has been consistent
Feb 04, 2019 - 00:48
Empire writer Lee Daniels , Congresswoman Maxine Waters , and Smollett's family were in attendance. Smollett closed the show by saying, "We are proud". "My body is strong and my soul is stronger".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Pelosi ‘Wants Open Borders’ And ‘Doesn’t Mind Human Trafficking’
Feb 04, 2019 - 00:40
Such a move would nearly certainly get tied up in the courts. "I think there's a good chance that will have to do that", Mr. Democrats and left-leaning groups, however, also said a national emergency would bring immediate legal challenges.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Eastern Virginia Medical School to investigate all past yearbooks after Northam controversy
Feb 04, 2019 - 00:39
Democratic party strategists worry that the controversy could hurt the party's chances in the 2020 presidential election. Northam, standing by his wife Pam, said he believed it was possible some photographs in the yearbook had been switched.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Russian Federation follows United States in suspending nuclear treaty
Feb 03, 2019 - 01:09
The United States withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty on Friday, accusing Russian Federation of violating it.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Liverpool Fans Rage After 2 Refereeing Decisions Contribute To Title Blow
Feb 02, 2019 - 00:32
Responding to Walker's tweet, Pep Guardiola said: "The players tweeting or social media, Instagram, I can not control it". The Reds return to Premier League action with a hard trip to West Ham United on Monday night.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 'Fortnite' lastly helps Bluetooth controllers on iOS and Android
Feb 01, 2019 - 00:13
The current Limited Time Mode is "Solid Gold", where all weapon spawns are Legendary-tier, and building materials are plentiful. On Android , most Bluetooth controller adapters are supported like Gamevice , Razer Raiju , Moto Gamepad , and more.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Digital traffic boards mock New England Patriots during Super Bowl week
Jan 31, 2019 - 06:17
In New York, Brown made an immediate impact on the field and in the locker room. "He has such a special soul", he explained. And then the one against Pittsburgh later, we were down 10 at halftime, took the lead with two minutes to go in the game.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top India vs New Zealand, 4th ODI at Seddon Park
Jan 31, 2019 - 05:42
After winning the third ODI, Kohli gave the hint in a press conference that Gill might get a chance in India playing 11 . Even when Tom Latham and Ross Taylor were building a huge partnership, the run rate never got out of control.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Former San Francisco Mayor Reveals His Extramarital Affair with Kamala Harris
Jan 30, 2019 - 00:25
Harris (shown above right) officially kicked off her bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination over the weekend. Fatal shootings by police of unarmed black men have become a rallying point among a swath of Democratic-leaning voters .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Charlie Weis Says the Patriots Will Stomp the Rams
Jan 30, 2019 - 00:25
That is the first thing they have to do because the Rams run defense has basically been non-existent most of the year. According to the video, the Rams will overtake the Patriots with a score of 30-27.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top US announces criminal charges in China-related case
Jan 29, 2019 - 00:53
Whitaker said the criminal offending at Huawei went "all the way to the top of the company". The U.S.is asking that the Canadian authorities extradite Meng.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen delaying testimony to Congress
Jan 28, 2019 - 00:27
Davis said "family is out of bounds", adding that Congress should censure Trump for his comments and investigate Giuliani. Trump alleged that Cohen lied to Mueller and demanded that his former fixer "serve a full and complete sentence".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Measurable Snow Looks Likely Mon Night Thru Tue Morning
Jan 28, 2019 - 00:21
Our average high temperature from January 1 to January 22 is 27.9 degrees, which is 5.6 degrees above average . Tonight's forecast is calling for a low of -16 C, with wind chill values making it feel like -25 overnight.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump changes course, will delay SOTU till shutdown over
Jan 27, 2019 - 00:41
Pelosi's stiff-arm left the president looking for an alternative setting from which to address the nation. Pelosi, in a January 16 letter to the president, urged Trump to postpone it or to give it in writing.