Food crisis emerges in Australia's flood-stricken regions

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14:18 30.12.2010
text: Kazinform
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A food crisis is emerging in Australia's flood-stricken areas of Queensland, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported on Thursday. Kazinform refers to Xinhua.

Authorities are planning mass food drops to isolated communities across central and southern regions in the state, as the crisis rages.

State Recovery coordinator Bruce Grady said that with so many roads cut and so many people forced into evacuation centers food supply was of "growing concern".

On Thursday, the situation in the town of Emerald in central Queensland was of most concern, amid predictions 80 percent of the town would be inundated and 8,000 residents could be affected by floodwaters.

Further south, Condamine has become the second entire town to be evacuated and three helicopters were used to get the town's entire population of 100 out after the Condamine River reached a record peak of 14.25 meters, the AAP reported.

Theodore, to Condamine's north, is already empty with its 300 residents having been evacuated.

At Bundaberg, on the coast, a peak of 7.9 meters has hit, with floodwaters splitting the city in two, inundating 120 properties, forcing almost 400 evacuations.

Further north, at Rockhampton, there are fears more than 4,000 properties could be affected by what's threatening to be the worst flood in the city's history. Kazinform cites Xinhua.

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