Queensland Floods Leave 8 Dead

Australian authorities say the death toll from the Queensland floods has risen to eight, with more than 70 missing after a flash flood tore through the city of Toowoomba Monday.

The sudden 2-meter torrent of water carried away cars and pedestrians and left people clinging to rooftops and telephone poles.

There are mounting fears that the floods will hit nearby Brisbane, Australia’s third-largest city.

Officials said more than 40 people were rescued from rooftops by helicopter.

Police have launched a major rescue operation for the 72 people still missing.

The state of Queensland has been swamped with heavy rains since before Christmas, causing the worst flooding in decades.

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