5 January 2011
Last updated at 14:05
Floodwaters have continued to rise in the Australian state of Queensland following weeks of rain. Rockhampton, a city of 77,000 near the coast, is one of the worst-affected areas.
Australia's Bureau of Meteorology predicts the Fitzroy River in Rockhampton will reach a height of 9.4m (31ft) on Wednesday and will remain above the major flood level for a week after the peak.
The Rockhampton airport runway is flooded, rail links have been cut and the floodwaters are reported to be lapping at the last remaining road link to the city.
Supplies to the city have been airlifted by helicopter or taken in by barge.
Some are taking the tough conditions with typical Australian fortitude. With water lapping at the steps of his pub, Tony Higgins, owner of the Fitzroy Hotel, said: "In the big cities, they pay big bucks for canal frontage."
South of Rockhampton, the swollen Balonne river has burst its banks over a wide area and is threatening the communities of St George and Surat. Further heavy rain has also been forecast for the south of Queensland.
Some Rockhampton residents have lost everything they own.
With many places abandoned to water, police are on the look-out for looters seeking to take advantage of the situation.
A side-effect of the floods has been to force snakes out of their natural habitat and into populated areas, creating additional dangers.
Agriculture in the state has also been hit hard by the disaster.