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‘Once in a century’ flood isolates towns in northeastern Australia

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SYDNEY: Military helicopters plucked hundreds of people from villages cut off by “once in a century” floods in Australia’s northwest, an official overseeing relief operations said on Sunday, saying water covered some spots “as far as the eye could see”.

Last week’s severe weather system Ellie, a former tropical cyclone that produced torrential rain, created the problem in the Kimberley, a sparsely inhabited territory in Western Australia state roughly the size of California.

“Water is everywhere,” Stephen Dawson, Western Australia’s Emergency Services Minister, told reporters in Perth.

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