Flooded cities and villages, blocked roads, crocodiles - The Northeast of Australia is struggling with one of the worst flood catastrophes of the last decades.
After Cyclone Tasha has devastated the country, especially the northeast of the country is still affected by immense floods. Entire villages are isolated and need to be supplied by helicopter.
The floods have flushed many animals into the area. Snakes, crocodiles and mosquito s have become a dreadful blight and dangerous threat to the people.
Today, 12 January 2011, the floods have reached Brisbane, the capital of Queensland and the situation remains critical, as the heavy monsoon-like rainfalls continue.
16 people already died in the floods, 43 are missing. But the flood is not only affecting humans it is also a threat to the ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef. When the warm mass of water flows back into the ocean, dirt and fertilizers will be carried along.
The causes for the annually occurring floods in Australia are, inter alia, cyclones and the La Niña phenomenon, which already caused the heavy floods in Pakistan.
The Queensland flooding of this year is up to now already the worst flood in Australia since 50 years.
The best way to help the Australia flood victims is by a donation:
Premier Anna Bligh initiated a fund. Donations can be made here