Incredible rescue of child by helicopter crew a...
Dramatic footage of a distressed toddler being rescued by helicopter from a submerged vehicle reveal the extent of severe flooding in eastern Australia following torrential rain from Cyclone Oswald.
The young child and two women were winched to safety after their truck was stuck in quickly rising flood waters in the east Australian town of Biloela, Queensland, yesterday.
One man has died and two others are reported missing after heavy rain and tornado winds swept across the region, bringing an abrupt end to the heat wave and causing severe disruptions to millions of people celebrating a long bank holiday weekend in celebration of Australia Day.
Authorities say around 58,000 houses were without electricity, hundreds of homes were under water and several towns were completely isolated by the flood water.
The Army has been called in to rescue terrified families trapped on their roofs by flood waters after rivers burst their banks, but further danger has come from coastal areas where wild seas have pounded houses and flooded parks.
The extent of the impact of Cyclone Oswarld is only expected to get worse, however, as forecasters warn the bad weather is heading south towards Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland
Towns within hundreds of miles of the city have been placed on tornado watch as the cyclone makes its way south.
Forecasters say it is due to hit New South Wales' capital Sydney tomorrow.
In Biloela yesterday, rescues by helicopters and boats were caught on camera by emergency services' head-cams and aired on local television channel Network Seven today.
The footage shows two women in the back of a submerged truck, reaching out to steady the rescuer as he is lowered on a winch from the helicopter.
Clearly distressed, they put the crying infant in a waterproof bag which was then lifted up to the safety of the helicopter. Reassuring the two women, the rescuer repeatedly tells them he will come back for them both.
Inside the helicopter, the bag is unzipped and the crying child emerges, distraught but safe.
Further footage shows an elderly woman being rescued from her marooned houseboat, which has taken a battering from the storms and is drifting.
In the town of Bundaberg, the Spinnaker Flood Bar was flooded for the second time after it was inundated due to severe floods that hit Queensland in 2011.