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At least ten people dead as severe weather batters eastern Australia

A nine-year-old girl is among those who died after she disappeared in a flooded stormwater drain.

LAST UPDATE | 27 Dec 2023

AT LEAST 10 people have died as bad weather hit the Australian eastern states of Queensland and Victoria.

Three men, aged 48, 59 and 69, were killed after a boat with 11 people aboard capsized in rough weather in Moreton Bay off the south Queensland coast yesterday, police said.

Eight survivors were taken to hospital in stable conditions.

The men were aboard the 39ft pleasure craft on an annual fishing trip, The Courier Mail newspaper reported.

Queensland Police acting chief superintendent Andrew Pilotto said those who were rescued were lucky to survive.

“The storm was still raging when they were rescued,” Pilotto said.

“It would have been very difficult to survive in those conditions anywhere.”

A 59-year-old woman was killed by a falling tree in the Queensland city of Gold Coast on Monday night.

The body of a nine-year-old girl was found yesterday in nearby Brisbane, hours after she disappeared in a flooded stormwater drain.

The bodies of a 40-year-old woman and a 46-year-old woman were found in the Mary River in the Queensland town of Gympie.

They were among three women swept into the flooded river through a stormwater drain yesterday.

A 46-year-old woman managed to save herself.

Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll blamed “extraordinarily difficult weather” for the tragedies.

“It has been a very tragic 24 hours due to the weather,” she said.

Severe weather has lashed parts of southeast Australia since Monday.

A woman, who is yet to be identified, was found dead late yesterday after flash flooding receded at a campground at Buchan in regional Victoria.

The body of an unidentified man, who had been camping with the woman, was found late today, police said.

Also yesterday, a 44-year-old man was killed by a falling branch at his rural property in Caringal in eastern Victoria.

Thunderstorms and strong winds have brought down more than 1,000 power lines in parts of Queensland and left 85,000 people without electricity.

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