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Flooded region in Australia now declared disaster zones

By Bodhisattva Banerji     Feb 18, 2009 in Environment
A large part in New South Wales, Australia, has been flooded and declared as disaster zones. Some of the important towns that have been flooded includes Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and Kempsey.
Natural calamity has struck Australia, once again. This time the nation faces flooding as large part of the New South Wales have been declared as natural disaster zones. Earlier, some heavy bouts of rain as well as extensive flooding have caused extensive damage in the region that includes towns such as Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and Kempsey. According to some detailed reports the State Emergency Service has been receiving uninterrupted 1011 calls seeking assistance ever since rain started on Friday.
The emergency service till the moment, reportedly, rescued 9 people and evacuating no less than 30. Other reports say that at least thousands of people have been isolated in the region and warnings of minor floods remain still in place. These warning have been sounded in relation to the rivers of the mid-north. Further, there was a severe weather warning for Lord Howe Island last night. The warning categorized that Innis, the tropical cyclone, could strike the region. There were warnings of flash flooding as well as wind gusts of 110 kilometers.
The mainland emergency services were kept on complete alert. The reports, while talking about the damage of properties, place the initial estimate at $6 million.
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