School children evacuated from flooded campsite in Australia
March 11 2018 09:31 AM
Australia floods
Houses are surrounded by flood waters in Ingham, North Queensland, on Sunday.

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A group of elementary school children and their teachers were evacuated on Sunday from an isolated campsite in north-eastern Australia, six days after becoming stranded due to
flooding.
More than 70 students and staff from Willows State School were cut off near the town of Tully, where they had been camping at an adventure centre since Monday due to flooded roads. 
Four children were airlifted after they fell ill on Saturday. 
The rest were evacuated on Sunday after floodwaters receded far enough for them to reach Tully airport, where they were flown to Townsville to be reunited with their families.
"The paramount concern of everybody was the safety and wellbeing of the children," police superintendent Steve Munroe told local ABC radio on Sunday. "They've been away from their homes for an extended period of time."
"The kids have been kept in really good spirits thanks to really good efforts by the teachers who were with them," he added.
Queensland State Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk travelled to the area on Sunday to assess the damage.
Torrential rain for much of the last week caused flooding across the region, with more than 700 millimetres of rain falling in a number of areas in four days.
More than 200 homes were inundated at nearby Ingham and some residents at Innisfail had to evacuate. The state government has declared the area between Cairns and Townsville a disaster zone.
Rain has started to ease since Saturday but Australia's Bureau of Meteorology has warned of more rain next week, with the chance of a cyclone.

Crocodiles lastest danger for flood towns

Receding floodwaters in Queensland have revealed a new danger - crocodiles, Reuters adds.
The unwelcome visitors have made their way into Ingham, according to several residents' photos posted on social media, after four days of torrential rain broke river banks, covered pastureland and cut off towns.
Toby Millyard, crocodile researcher at Australia Zoo in Queensland, said the reptiles were known to use flood waters in the region to travel to different areas and search for food.
"Some crocodiles love it when it rains and they use the water's currents to travel; they're very smart animals," Millyard said in a phone interview. "But they're very easy to stay away from. As long as you're not in the water or standing by the edge, then you should be fine."

Last updated: March 11 2018 10:17 AM


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