Australia losing $3B to floods in lost farming

The government’s main forecaster on mining and farm industries painted a grim picture of Australia's coal exports and farm produce.

January 21, 2011 12:05 pm | Updated November 17, 2021 03:33 am IST - MELBOURNE

A levee is in place around a power substation in an attempt to hold back water from the swollen Loddon River at Kerang, Australia. File photo

A levee is in place around a power substation in an attempt to hold back water from the swollen Loddon River at Kerang, Australia. File photo

Australia says the floods that have devastated its eastern states are costing the country at least $3 billion in lost farming and coal exports.

Rivers surged to record heights and put rural towns and an already waterlogged city on flood watch Friday. Residents of Brisbane sandbagged homes again as an exceptionally high tide and overnight rain threatened homes in low-lying areas of the city that was devastated by flooding last week.

The government’s main forecaster on mining and farm industries said lost coal exports were worth up to 2.5 billion Australian dollars ($2.5 billion).

The agency says farm produce - most of which is exported - will be cut by at least $500 million this fiscal year.

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