(QUEENSLAND, Australia) -- At least one person is dead and two are missing in the violent flooding that has thousands of people evacuated from their homes in Australia. The dead woman was trying to drive across a flooded river when her vehicle was swept away. Others in her car were rescued but the 41-year-old driver did not make it. Two other people are missing in the area and believed dead.
The flooding in northern Queensland has swamped 22 towns, leaving thousands in evacuation shelters, wondering what their homes will be like when they return. The Age newspaper reports 200,000 people are affected.
Aside from the human and financial toll, scientists worry the flood waters will do severe damage to the Great Barrier Reef. The runoff from the floods contains pesticides and other chemicals that kill coral and will remain in the reef for years.
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