Australia: Storm caused more flooding

Entire towns are underwater, while at least three people are dead and many more are missing in Australia, after a vicious storm continued to batter the nation’s east coast overnight.

Grave fears are held for an 81-year-old Tasmanian man, while at least three others are missing, after the worst of the weather swept across the state overnight, a day after the same storm caused wide-spread flooding and damaging king tides throughout New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) on Monday.

Three Australians are already confirmed dead, after a 37-year-old man was found in the Cotter River near Canberra, while two others — a 70-year-old man and a 65-year-old man were found in New South Wales.

The devastation has caused more than 30 million U.S dollars’ worth of damage so far, and has even prompted both Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to suspend their election campaigns to fly to affected areas and offer support.

Several towns in Tasmania remain underwater on Tuesday, while houses on the beachfronts in New South Wales face the prospect of falling into the seas, as emergency workers rush to ensure the safety of the public in affected areas.

But residents of Collaroy in New South Wales are bracing for further bad news, with the announcement that another high tide is set to smash the beachfront which has already sustained critical damage.