New Zealand High Commission Canberra, Australia

Flooding in Queensland and New South Wales

Heavy rain as a result of ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald has led to severe flooding in parts of Queensland.  While flood levels in much of Queensland are expected to peak around midnight tonight, ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald is expected to move rapidly south through eastern New South Wales and be located near Sydney around midnight on Monday 28 January.  Heavy rainfall has already occurred in north east NSW and several flood warnings have been issued as the weather system moves south.  The flooding is not expected to be as severe as the flooding experienced in 2011.

New Zealanders in affected areas of Queensland and New South Wales are advised to monitor local media for information and follow any instructions issued by the local authorities, including any evacuation orders.  No attempt should be made to drive through flood waters and you should move to higher ground if you’re in an area likely to be affected by flooding.

New Zealanders concerned about family and friends in flood affected areas of Queensland, with whom they have not been able to make contact, may register with the Queensland Police on: +61 7 30 55 62 30. From within Australia the number is 1 800 100 188

The Australian Red Cross website www.redcross.org.au also allows Australian residents affected by the floods to register to let people know they are safe and for individuals to enquire about people they are looking for.

We recommend you keep your family in New Zealand informed of your situation and register your details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  If your travel has been disrupted as a result of the flooding, please contact your airline/travel agent and travel insurance company directly to make alternative arrangements.

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