Floods take toll on small businesses, industries and the tourism sector
BRISBANE: Tens of thousands of homes and businesses were yesterday inundated by raging waters that converged on Brisbane, Australia's third-largest city, and surrounding towns, creating a vast zone which officials said could remain under water for days.
The torrent of water has so far killed 22 people, and the toll is expected to rise as some 40 others are missing. The floods are the worst to hit the city in a century, eclipsing the devastating events of 1974, when 14 people were killed.
Even as Brisbane was inundated, danger signs were flashing in Melbourne, the country's second-largest city, in neighbouring Victoria state.
The city's mayor said 190,000 sandbags had been laid in the city in the past few days, with many filled by volunteers, some from the disappearing banks of the flooded Brisbane River.
Acts of valour amid sea of tragedy
THERE was the communications coordinator who spent hours in the dark of night ferrying residents to safety after they had been plucked off their rooftops.
Then, after ensuring everyone was safe, Mr Cubit simply went home, put on his work clothes and turned up for work.
'They were petrified. Absolutely petrified. They were wet and basically pleading for help. They weren't saying much but you could see it in their eyes,' he recalled.