PM to visit flood devastated Qld region

Queensland floods: PM Scott Morrison heads north, death toll rises

Scott Morrison will visit Cloncurry in Queensland on Friday to see the scale of the flood damage.

Scott Morrison will visit Cloncurry in Queensland on Friday to see the scale of the flood damage.


New fears from outbreak of soil-borne disease, one woman dies.


Prime Minister Scott Morrison will see the flood devastation of the cattle industry first hand in a visit to a regional Queensland town.

He is visiting Cloncurry in the state's northwest on Friday to see the scale of the damage.

Noting he was last in the area two years ago when all around was dry, red dust, Mr Morrison tweeted: "We will be standing with all those affected as you recover and rebuild."

The PM's day is expected to start with a community breakfast before he flies out to drop fodder for surviving cattle.

North Queensland's once-in-a-century flooding has caused death, disease and heartbreak, and seen the death of hundreds of thousands of farm animals.

Authorities are warning people to take care after one woman died and nine more people were infected by a soil-borne bacteria stirred up by heavily contaminated floodwaters.

Cases of melioidosis bacteria aren't unusual during the wet season, however, the recent cluster of infections in Townsville following the unprecedented flooding of thousands of homes has caused concern.

Townsville Hospital says eight of the infected people remain in hospitals in a stable condition and another is being cared for at home.

The death in Townsville takes the flood toll to three, following the deaths of two men about two weeks ago.

Police are still searching for a 35-year-old man who disappeared in floodwaters at Groper Creek, south of the city, on Friday.

Further inland, authorities are racing to dispose of hundreds of thousands of dead animals to limit the spread of disease.

Cattle, sheep and wildlife perished in the unprecedented two-week rains, which left large swathes of the state under water.

Their rotting carcasses pose a high risk of botulism and Q fever to clean-up crews and to local water supplies in flooded communities.

The federal government has announced a range of disaster relief efforts, including three months of support payments and one-off payments to help people get back on their feet.

Australian Associated Press


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