The once in a generation disaster has had a severe impact on large parts of Queensland and New South Wales over the past month and claimed more than 20 lives.
In an official statement shared on The Royal Family’s social media channels on Wednesday morning, the 95-year-old monarch offered her condolences to the Governor-General of Australia David Hurley.
“I have been following the news of the recent floods in Queensland and New South Wales closely and have been saddened to hear of the loss of life and the scale of devastation,” the statement read.
“In the immediate response, Australians’ resolute spirit and community mindedness has once again shone through. My thanks go out to the emergency services and many volunteers who have tirelessly assisted those in need.
“My thoughts continue to be with those who have been impacted as the focus now turns to the long recovery phase ahead. - Elizabeth R”
The Queen’s message of condolence to the Governor-General of Australia regarding the devastating floods in Queensland and New South Wales. pic.twitter.com/py2BgW1SsH
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 5, 2022
The Queen’s heartwarming message comes as rescue crews continue to assist locals in affected areas that are currently underwater due to intense rain, flash flooding and overflowing water catchments.
On Tuesday afternoon the Bureau of Meteorology announced that heavy rainfall is expected to continue in parts of New South Wales, the Central Coast and the South Coast over the next few days.
“Important that people continue to keep an eye on warnings as heavy rainfall could lead to flash flooding,” they wrote on Twitter.
The wet weather conditions are predicted to continue over the next week up until Easter.
Her Majesty previously issued a statement of support to Australia back in 2020 when the country was affected by the devastating bushfires.
“My thanks go out to the emergency services, and those who put their own lives in danger to help communities in need," the Queen said at the time.
“Prince Philip and I send our thoughts and prayers to all Australians at this difficult time."
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