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Rising Australia floodwaters force hundreds to evacuate

Australia has deployed soldiers to tackle devastating “once-in-a-century” floods that have inundated homes, schools and airports in the northeast, forcing hundreds to flee and bringing crocodiles onto the streets.The Australian Defence Forces delivered 70,000 sandbags, deployed amphibious cargo vehicles and helped pluck flashlight-wielding residents from their rooftops Monday, as monsoon rains drenched the northern state of Queensland.The recent downpour has seen some areas get a year’s worth of rainfall in a week.Authorities were forced to open floodgates of a major dam late Sunday, unleashing what they called “dangerous and high velocity flows”, Agence France-Presse reported.In hard-hit Townsville, cars were mostly submerged, with picket fences barely poking through waist-deep flood waters.

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