Australia Floods Spread Across Three States (Video)

January 19, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015
Australian Floods Continue, Forcing Residents to Evacuate (NTD Television)

An aerial view of flood water inundating the Wimmera and Southern Mallee region on Jan. 19, 2011 in Victoria, Australia. (Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
An aerial view of flood water inundating the Wimmera and Southern Mallee region on Jan. 19, 2011 in Victoria, Australia. (Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
Severe thunderstorms again threaten to sweep down Australia's east coast, hitting three of the nation's seven states simultaneously; Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

The Queensland floods death toll has reached 20 and is likely to climb with more than 10 people still missing.

Over the border in New South Wales, the severe thunderstorm warning has been also issued for people living along the coastal catchments at Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour and inland to Armidale, Tenterfield and Dorrigo.

Now, the state of Victoria is experiencing record flooding and some rivers are still rising with 62 towns and more than 4,300 people affected from heavy rains last week.

Victoria's floods claimed their first victim yesterday, Jan. 18, when an 8-year-old boy drowned near Shepparton.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard was in Queensland last week and Victoria yesterday assessing the damage and comforting those affected, the Herald Sun reported.

According to Gillard's partner, Tim Mathieson, the enormity of the diastrous floods throughout the country are having a deep emotional impact on the prime minister.

“It’s one of those things that a lot of people don’t see,” he told the newspaper, adding that he could sense the exhaustion in her voice and the amount of work still to be done.