BBC News – Australian state of Queensland braces for flooding
27 January 2013 Last updated at 00:50 ET

This toddler and two women were airlifted to safety from their flooded car

The Australian state of Queensland is on alert for flooding in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Oswald.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated as heavy rain continued to fall on Sunday, with the towns of Gladstone and Bundaberg preparing for the possibility of major floods.

The bad weather is forecast to move towards the state capital, Brisbane, and the state of New South Wales.

Two years ago, flooding in Queensland left 35 people dead.

On Sunday, Australian media reported that authorities had pulled the body of an elderly man from the water at Burnett Heads, north-east of Bundaberg.

Two other people were reported missing, including a man who disappeared after trying to cross a creek in Gympie, north of Brisbane. …(more).

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