With the onslaught of Ex Tropical Cyclone Oswald, Queensland and northern NSW have been indundated with rain and suffered loss of life and serious damage.
Four have died due to flooding or being hit by fallen trees. In Bundaberg, 2,000 homes and businesses have been flooded by the worst floods on record with 7,500 residents currently displaced.
Last night 14 rescue helicopters carried more than 1,000 people stranded by the flood waters in the northern suburbs of Bundaberg, to safety. The State Emergency Service had received 3,400 calls for help in the 24 hours to 5am on Tuesday.
Over 160,000 homes in Queensland are without power and current estimates place the disaster damage at $130 million. There are ongoing concerns that houses could be swept from their stumps as torrents of water course through the city.
People are in need of help and so Samaritan’s Purse is deploying a team to the area. Based in Bundaberg, the team’s initial priority will be to assess the situation and connect with the churches involved in Operation Christmas Child in the area with a view to partnering with them to meet the physical needs of those affected.
Please give generously and pray for our team and for those who lost loved ones and are affected by the floods, not only in Bundaberg, but throughout Queensland and northern New South Wales. Pray that God will comfort and give hope to these people.