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Australia's Uluru flooded after record-breaking Christmas downpour

The national park had to be closed off due to the massive volumes of water.

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AUSTRALIA’S ULURU NATIONAL park had to be closed after it was struck by flooding due to a massive Christmas downpour.

The site, located in the Northern Territories, was subjected to record-breaking torrential rain according to Australian news site The Age.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology reports that 232mm of rain fell in 24 hours in the area.

The rain led to waterfalls gushing down the side of the rock (a site where temperatures can sometimes reach up to 47 degrees centigrade).

Tourists captured the waterfalls on video:

Dancing under the falls~ . . . . . #ayersrock #uluru #ulurukatatjutanationalpark #waterfall #lucky

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Homes in the nearby town of Kintore had to be evacuated due to flooding, with the fire service called in to pump out water, reports ABC.

Standing at 348 metres above the plain where it’s situated, Uluru is taller than the Eiffel Tower. It is owned by the Anangu, and leased by them to Parks Australia.

Uluru used to be known as Ayers Rock before it was handed back to its traditional Aboriginal owners in a historic handback in 1985.

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