Water levels in the area were "at heights not previously known" and the town looked like it was "sitting in the middle of an ocean," a senior official says of hard-hit Burketown town.
Police urge all residents of remote Burketown town to evacuate, warning that record-high floodwaters were expected to rise further over the weekend.
Heavy rain is expected after weeks of downpours that have left the earth saturated, with rivers fit to burst and hillsides at risk of collapse in western US state.
Nearly 34 million people across California remain under flood watch as wild winter weather batters the western US state.
The flooding last year killed more than 1,700 people, destroyed more than two million homes, and caused damage totalling more than $30 billion, UN and Pakistani officials say.
Rain is forecast for Bay Area on Saturday with a brief dry period on Sunday and heavier storms due to arrive on Monday.
"These floods are having a devastating impact, many of these communities ... are communities that do it tough, and the resources simply aren't there on the ground," Australian PM said.
Tornado watches and severe thunderstorm warnings were in effect across much of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia states, along with flood watches posted along the southern fringe of that zone.
Worst floods in years batter Democratic Republic of Congo's main city following an all-night downpour, with government announcing three days of national mourning.
Terrestrial water storage shrank and water levels dropped to an all-time low in several areas, while record-breaking floods swept South Asia, western Europe and the Amazon.
Government’s weather bureau and national science agency jointly working on the report found country's climate warmed by an average of 1.47 degrees Celsius since records began in 1910.
Relentless rain has wreaked havoc across the Australian state of New South Wales, cutting off entire rural towns, for the second time this month and leading to rooftop evacuations of hundreds.
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