Case Study- Queensland Floods

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This is a case study of flooding in an MEDC, including the causes, effects, and responses.

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Case Study- Queensland Floods
  1. General information and causes
    1. Queensland received the highest record of rainfall between December and January 2010-2011.
      1. The storm was quite concentrated, with the highest rainfall recorded in the west and northwest of Brisbane.
        1. La nina- intense tropical low pressure seasonal weather also affected the east coast of Australia.
          1. Heavy and intense rainfall from 9-12th January causes flash flooding in Brisbane.
            1. This level of flooding has a recurrence rate of 20-50 years.
              1. In some places rainfall levels were over 200mm a day.
              2. Effects
                1. Food shortages due to agricultural land being destroyed.
                  1. No electricity, intermittent phone range.
                    1. Over 300 roads and 9 major highways were closed.
                      1. 3/4 of council areas in the Queensland state were declared disaster zones.
                        1. 38 people from Queensland died.
                          1. 1,000 people from Theodore and other towns were evacuated.
                            1. Total costs were estimated to be around $2.8 billion.
                              1. At least 70 towns and over 200,000 people were affected,
                              2. Responses
                                1. International aid from countries such as the UK and USA were provided.
                                  1. Private collections of food, clothes and toys were made.
                                    1. Helicopters saved people from their homes.
                                      1. Evacuation camps were made in showgrounds with capacities of 3,000 people.
                                        1. The Red Cross database helped people get information about family/ friends.
                                          1. A total of 55,000 volunteers offered assistance, including 22,000 from the Army.
                                            1. Police were allowed to forcibly remove residents if necessary.
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