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Deadly Storms Hit Australia
Massive storms has continued to batter Australia’s east coast, flooding rivers, uprooting trees and leaving homes worth millions of dollars in danger of collapsing.
Three people are dead and more are missing after massive storms flooded rivers, uprooted trees and tore into beaches along Australia’s east coast.
New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania are the worst affected areas.
A man was reportedly swept into the Ouse River from his own backyard on Monday, while a woman was declared missing after floodwaters inundated her house in the state’s north-west.
Also on Monday morning, a man’s body was found in the Cotter River near Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory and the Police explained that the 37-year-old was caught in floodwaters at a river crossing.
Police divers also retrieved the bodies of two men whose cars were washed off New South Wales roads in separate incidents.
Monday’s incident is the worst flooding in Northern Tasmania in decades, with parts of Launceston, Latrobe and Railton all underwater.
The Insurance Council of Australia says insurance companies have so far received 11,150 claims across Queensland and New South Wales totalling an estimated $38 million.