A series of floods hit Australia, beginning in December 2010, primarily in the state of Queensland including its capital city, Brisbane. The floods forced the evacuation of thousands of people from towns and cities. Dozens were killed, at least 70 towns and more than 200,000 people were affected and damage estimates exceed $1 billion.
The Queensland floods were followed in 2011 by flooding in nearby Victoria, which saw more than 50 additional communities grappling with devastation from significant flooding. Several organizations have mobilized to assist the relief effort, including Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal and Volunteering Qld.