Australia never seems to do things by halves. Pretty much ever since I've been here the whole country has been in drought. Now a large proportiom of the state of Queensland is under floodwaters - last week it was an area larger than France and Germany combined, but mostly rural areas and smaller towns and cities.There are some great photos of this here.
But yesterday a flash flood hit the city of Toowoomba (about 120,000 people), pouring down the main street and drowning several people. Here's some amazing video footage of a little creek rising and taking away several cars parked on its banks:
This amazing film was taken by people trapped in their office building overlooking the scene.
If you want to learn more about the current state of affairs go to the abc news pages. There are a lot of people who, it is hoped, are stuck on the roofs of their houses in small towns in the hinterland, but the weather is still too bad for rescuers to find out what's happening. This must be so scarey.
And you can donate to the appeal here.
Edited to add: If you're reading this while the floods are still flooding, you can watch live news from Australia here. The ABC has lifted its geoblock so that ABCnews24 can be watched anywhere in the world.