Queensland hit by flash flooding

Fri, Jan 25, 2013, 00:00

Torrential rain has caused widespread flooding in the Australian state of Queensland.

Floodwaters have cut off several towns along the state’s coast and more than 70 roads including the state's major highways are impassable.

There have also been several dramatic rescues.

In one incident, a rescuer was swept away after dragging a 14-year-old boy to safety from raging floodwaters in the Queensland city of Rockhampton.

He was swept under a nearby bridge but then able to reach safety, Australia’s ABC news reported.

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