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Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Australian floods - why is it so bad?

Text source - BBC NEWS

The deadliest floods in 50 years are now lapping at the feet of many of the residents of Australia's third largest city.

Almost 20,000 homes in Brisbane are expected to be swamped by the time that the river system reaches its peak on Thursday - some of the two million residents have left already.

It follows huge damage done elsewhere in Queensland - flash flooding on Monday killed 12 and dozens are still missing.

Watch the report from BBC News correspondent Nick Bryant here

So why has there been so much rain along eastern board of Australia?

BBC Meteorologist, Nina Ridge, says the persistent rainfall has been the result of a weather phenomenon called La NiƱa.

Watch the video to explain this phenomenom here

The Sky News Australia website has a whole section devoted to the floods, including interviews, photos and video clips. Click here to access the material

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