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Severe flooding in Brisbane.

This image shows an aerial view of flooding in Gympie, Queensland on Saturday, February 26, 2022. An SES volunteer is the fourth person to die after more than 24 hours of rain in south-east Queensland. . (Courtesy of AAP Image/Brett’s Drone Photo) No Archival, Editorial Use Only, Mandatory Credit

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Due to the heavy rains that have been falling for several days, the water level has risen in many places in North-East Australia, including the city of Brisbane.

At least seven people have died in multiple incidents over the past few days, AAP news agency reported on Sunday, citing officials. Six of them were hit particularly hard in the south-east of Queensland state, while another person died in neighboring New South Wales.

Residents battled floodwaters in parts of Brisbane on Sunday. The towns of Gympie, Maryborough and Ipswich, as well as areas along the Sunshine Coast, were badly affected. More than a thousand people in Queensland have already been evacuated and more than 1,400 homes along the Brisbane River are threatened by flooding, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said. More heavy rain is expected in the region on Monday. The situation is feared to worsen, particularly in Brisbane, it said. More than 600 Queensland schools are scheduled to close on Monday.

New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrott said hundreds of rescue workers were deployed in his state. There have been over 70 rescues so far, with more likely.

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