2019 Townsville flood

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2019 Townsville flood
DateFebruary 2019 (2019-02)

The 2019 Townsville flood is a current flood event occurring in the city of Townsville, on the north-eastern coast of Queensland, Australia.[1] It was caused by the convergence of a monsoon and a slow moving tropical low.[2]

2 fatalities have been reported after bodies were found in floodwaters.[1]One additional death was reported on February 12th from Melioidosis a bacterial infection caused by bacteria in the soil which is brought to the surface after heavy rainfall, 10 more are ill from Melioidosis and further fatalities cannot be ruled out.[3] An additional toll of the floods are a significant portion of the area's cattle industry, with hundreds of thousands of cattle estimated to have been killed by the floods. [4]

Multiple agencies are on the ground assisting with the recovery including but not limited too; Queensland Government, Townsville City Council, Queensland Rural Fire Service, Australian Defence Force and Team Rubicon Australia.


  1. ^ a b "Townsville flooding continues as hundreds wait for waters to recede" (Text). ABC News. 2019-02-05. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  2. ^ "BOM says Townsville flooding far from over, as city lies trapped in weather 'convergence' zone - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  3. ^ "Townsville flood authorities confirm death from soil bacteria, several others in intensive care". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2019-02-13. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  4. ^ "Summer Floods in Australia". NASA Earth Observatory. 2019-02-13. Retrieved 2019-02-17.