Down under - the floods get worse

Pat Latimer

Jan 11, 2011
Charleston S.C.
Re: Down under - the floods get worse

Now I read that the flooding of Brisbane is imminent. My heart goes out to all our friends affected by this disaster.

+1! What an absolute tragedy. I hope all are safe and were able to get out of there somehow. Many have lost their lives and my heart goes out to the family and friends. Makes me really sad.



Jeff Babcock

Jan 11, 2011
Ontario, Canada
Re: Down under - the floods get worse

From CBC News:

Here are some other facts and figures from the floods:

1,000,000: The area in square kilometres (approximately) affected by the flooding. That's larger than France and Germany combined and 10 per cent larger than British Columbia.

200,000: The number of people affected by the floods.

10 million: The number in tonnes of the country's wheat crop that has been downgraded to less than milling quality because of rain damage. That's equal to half the country's wheat crop.

343: The number of millimetres of rain that hit some areas of Queensland in a 24-hour period ending Jan. 10, 2011.

150: The number of millimetres of rain that fell in half an hour near the city of Toowoomba on Monday.

10: The number of people killed during a flash flood that followed that deluge of rainfall. A day later, 78 more people were still listed as missing.

22: The number of towns or cities that are either substantially flooded or isolated.

45: The percentage increase in the global grain prices because of the flood damage to Australia's wheat crop.

30: The percentage by which food prices in Australia could rise, according to investment bank JP Morgan.

20: The percentage of all crops in Queensland that have been wiped out by the floods.

$10 billion: Estimated damage caused by the floods -- so far.