The heavy torrential rain caused the rivers to spill over and crossed record water level. Queensland is badly hit by the seasonal flood. According to sources, the Queensland flood has caused devastation at a much bigger magnitude in terms of area than France and Germany put together.
Inspite of the fact that the mega torrent lasted for 30 minutes, the aftermath was immense. People have clung to lampposts to save themselves from drowning. Floods swept cars off the roads. Families were trapped on the roofs of buildings and cars.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said, "We have seen very dramatic images of people literally hanging on for dear life to trees and to signposts."
Australian military is conducting several search and rescue operations and flying food and other supplies to flood stricken areas.
A 25ft high wave hit Brisbane and led to the breach of 16 dams. Meanwhile 30,000 families have been evacuated so far, after being hit by the worst floods from the past 120 years.