Thousands of residents on the outskirts of Australia’s third city are being urged to leave as Brisbane faces rising floodwaters.
Those that remain in city are busy sandbagging homes and stockpiling food, with waters expected to rise and more rain to come.
Ten people were killed on Tuesday, as pedestrians and cars were swept away when a wall of water raged through the streets of Toowoomba, west of Brisbane.
Rescue workers have the grim task of trying to locate the 78 people missing since the flash floods swamped the town.
The streets of Queensland’s capital are deserted, with 80 suburbs set to be flooded by the swollen River Brisbane on Thursday.
Supermarkets are running out of bread and vegetables as people panic buy and supply lines are disrupted.
Authorities say the floods will cost some four and half billion euros with the coal industry ravaged and tourism and agriculture devastated.