Police recover body in Tasmania after floods
Police have recovered the body of missing 75-year-old woman Mary Kathleen Allford Latrobe in northern Tasmania, after severe floods in the state.
They said two people remain missing including an 81-year-old man who was swept into the rising Ouse River from his backyard following heavy rainfall.
A man whose car was swept away in Evandale near Launceston is also missing.
His female companion was plucked to safety from floodwaters on Tuesday morning.
Authorities are warning people not to put themselves in danger to rescue stranded animals, as the search continues.
The premier said Tasmania is experiencing the state’s worst floods for 40 years.
More than 100 people have now been rescued by helicopter across the state.
Tasmanians who’ve lost homes and belongings will be able to get immediate financial assistance, the government says.
Emergency aid of up to $750 per family – comprising $200 per adult and $100 per child – will be made available to help flood victims buy clothing, food, transport, shelter and personal items.
The Tasmanian government is also examining other support measurers and has officers on the ground supporting farmers with stock management.
Six men who sought shelter in their boat near Schouten Island overnight were rescued by a police boat.
The Insurance Council of Australia has declared the event a catastrophe with at least 200 homes and businesses inundated, including 50 at Newstead, 35 at Latrobe, seven in Wynyard and five in Ouse.
Many others in outlying rural areas are also under water.
The Spirit of Tasmania ferry service which runs between Melbourne and Devonport has been suspended until further notice because of the dangers posed by sunken vessels in the Mersey River.
Authorities are advising people to stay at home and not attempt to drive in flood-affected areas.
More than 100 roads are closed but some of the road-closure signs have been swept away.
Major flood warnings are current for five Tasmanian river systems.