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Samaritan’s Purse responding to Townsville Flood

“It’s a one in 100-year event…” says Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk 

On Sunday, 3 February, the floodgates at Townsville’s Ross River Dam were opened exacerbating flooding across Townsville and surrounding suburbs.

Already emergency services have received over 1,000 calls for assistance, and over 1,100 residents are currently taking shelter in local evacuation centers.

A severe weather warning is still in place for Townsville with rainfall set to continue throughout the day. Flood waters are not expected to recede until after midnight tonight, with thousands of homes expected to be impacted.

Samaritan’s Purse has a team deploying to Townsville to start setting up a response. The Disaster Relief Unit is on its way to Townsville now.

We are looking for expressions of interest for volunteers, if you are interested please email us at

If you would like to financially contribute to the costs of deployment, please click below.



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