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Australian Military Flies In More Flood Relief Supplies

Military aircraft are stepping up efforts to fly supplies to a town in the northeast of Australia that is slowly sinking under floodwaters.

Rockhampton, home to nearly 80,000, is now accessible mostly by emergency rescue boats.

Floodwaters are expected to crest there on January 5.

Heavy rains have swelled many of the rivers in the state of Queenland to levels higher than any on record.

The record flooding has severed roads and ports, cutting coal exports and devastating farmland.

compiled from Reuters reports