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"The place is totally waterlogged, and we've got more very heavy rain appearing as I speak," Bligh told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio Friday after flying over the town of Ingham in a helicopter.
While overflowing rivers and heavy rainstorms are normal during northern
The government said that storms since late December have caused an estimated $90 million in damage.
More than 60 percent of
"Having seen the flood devastation firsthand, I'd urge everyone to dig deep and lend a helping hand," Bligh said.
The main cities on northern
Military helicopters were preparing Friday to drop supplies to some areas, and emergency workers have converged on Ingham and other devastated areas to rescue stranded people and assist with cleanup efforts.
The wet weather has also disrupted the habitat of the state's wildlife. Kangaroos and wallabies have been stranded on pockets of dry land, birds are starving and officials have warned of crocodiles and snakes roaming flooded streets and yards.
Volunteer Lana Allcroft said her North Queensland Wildlife Care group was receiving more than 30 calls a day about stranded or injured animals.
She helped talk Townsville residents through the rescue of a sodden, injured wedge-tail eagle on Thursday, and tried to save a baby bandicoot rescued by a visiting official the same day, but it died of exhaustion.
Allcroft said birds and possums were starving because the floodwaters had washed away nectar and insects.
"We normally tell people to not feed wildlife, but now we are asking people to be mindful of them and leave food out for them," she said.
In stark contrast to the wet weather in the north, the south remains hot and dry.
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