The death toll from the floods that hit the east coast of Australia today rose to at least 13 people. Australian authorities say at least nine people have been killed in Queensland and a fourth is in New South Wales, the DPA reported.
Strong thunderstorms were still forecast in both Queensland and New South Wales, and the wider Sydney region was also preparing for potential “life-threatening” torrential floods.
“Early in the morning and during the day, we can see heavy thunderstorms bringing heavy rain, strong winds and maybe even a big city,” Dean Naramore of the Bureau of Meteorology said today. “We have aircraft providing assistance and rescue with ground personnel doing everything possible,” said New South Wales Prime Minister Dominic Perotet.