Floods strand thousands in Australia

River swells after 18 inches of rain in 24 hours

BALTIMORE | April 2, 2009

The Bellinger River in Australia cut off more than 2,000 people after heavy rains fell during a 24 hour period. The rain amounted to about 18 inches and made the river swell. Towns in the area were declared disaster zones.

The river runs along eastern Australia. No injuries have been reported, but more than 100 people had to be rescued from the waters.

Local forecasters believe the worst of the rain has passed, but further flooding is still possible.

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