Twenty rescued as floods sweep north-east Australia
SYDNEY (AFP) - A teenage boy was dramatically rescued from surging floodwaters as he clung to a tree on Friday, while others were plucked from stranded cars and homes as floods swept northeastern Australia.
Authorities said there were 20 water rescue cases across central Queensland overnight and early Friday, after the remnants of tropical cyclone Oswald dumped huge rains around the coastal city of Rockhampton.
Rescues included those of a woman and two children trapped in a car isolated by flood waters, and seven people taken from two flooded homes.
Authorities said a teenage boy was lucky to be alive after he was found clinging to a tree as muddy floodwaters surged around him at Frenchville, some 525km northwest of Brisbane, early on Friday.