The Straits Times
Published on Jan 29, 2013

Photo gallery:Three dead, dramatic rescues in Australia floods


SYDNEY (AFP) - Three people were dead and dozens plucked from roofs and marooned cars in dramatic air rescues in north-eastern Australia today as severe floods swept through two states, inundating hundreds of homes.

The bodies of two men swept away by floodwaters were found today, one in the Queensland state capital Brisbane and another further north at Gympie, following the earlier discovery of an elderly man's body near the city of Bundaberg.

A pregnant woman and her three-year-old son were rushed to hospital after a large tree fell on them as they were walking this morning in Brisbane. They were reported to have head injuries.

There were dozens of dramatic rescues as rapidly rising waters left people suddenly stranded, including one family who had to zip their infant son into a waterproof bag to be winched to safety by a helicopter as floods surrounded their car.