Following the one-in-100-year downpour which has flooded Townsville, Queen Elizabeth II has sent her well-wishes to the many Australians affected by the disaster in Queensland.
On Wednesday, Paul de Jersey, the Governor of Queensland, shared the message from the monarch and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, who praised the “resilience” of the victims, on his official Twitter account.
“Prince Philip and I have been very saddened to hear of the severe floods impacting so many people in North and Far North Queensland,” the statement read.
“With many extremes of weather being seen across Australia this year, it is clear that so many people, including Queenslanders, are required to show increased resilience and determination in the face of difficulty.
“I extend my sincere admiration to the emergency services, Defence personnel, local authorities and volunteers, who are working tirelessly to help those affected.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Queensland community at this difficult time.”
Her Majesty signed off the message with, ‘Elizabeth R.’.
A message from Her Majesty The Queen to Queenslanders affected by the floods. pic.twitter.com/HEZkwk7Cob
— Governor of Queensland (@QldGovernor) February 5, 2019
As of Wednesday, the Insurance Council of Australia had more than 8,500 claims from residents of the North Queensland city, reportedly worth $80 million.
On Wednesday night some 350 people remained in four evacuation centres and 8600 people had no power.
Residents have been battling 12-days of monsoon-like rain, and more than 8,000 homes are reportedly still without power.
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