Evacuations in Australia proceed as floodwaters rise

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SYDNEY. January 5. KAZINFORM More evacuations were underway in the flood-ravaged Australian state of Queensland on Tuesday as waters continued to rise.

Relief teams continued rushing supplies into the eastern city of Rockhampton. In some of the state's more rural areas, farmers said they were scrambling to send tons of crops out before waters damaged them and flooding made their transport impossible.

Police said 10 people have died as a result of flooding since November 30 -- many of them swept away by swift waters. An area the size of France and Germany combined has been affected.

Authorities reported that rising floodwaters had cut off the last ground route into Rockhampton on Monday, but later said it was still open. The airport in the city of 75,000 people closed Sunday and was expected to remain closed for weeks, according to Emergency Management Queensland, Kazinform refers to CNN.

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