The flood on the east coast of Australia claimed another life overnight, bringing the death toll from extreme weather to six as the “rain bomb” continued to move south on Sunday.
Queensland police said a 34-year-old man died after his car plunged into a flood around 2:30 a.m. Sunday (3:30 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time).
While the man was able to get out of his car and tried to swim to a safe place, he failed to surface and his body was found after a while.
Most of the week in eastern Australia has seen heavy rains that have caused decades of flooding, flooding homes and roads as well as demolishing cars.
Adrian Schriner, Lord Mayor of the Queensland Capital of Brisbane, described the weather system as a “rain bomb over southeastern Queensland”.
State’s Anastasia Palashchuk urges people living in Brisbane to stay home the weather the system moved south on Sunday to major residential areas.
“This water is now irreconcilable,” she said.
Due to heavy rains, which are expected to continue next week, more than 1,400 homes in Brisbane have been at risk from flooding, she said.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has issued flood warnings in large parts of Queensland and northern New South Wales, with more than 300 mm (11.8 inches) falling in some areas in the last 24 hours.
Police continue to search for a 70-year-old man who fell into the Brisbane River on Friday.
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