Two men have died in floodwaters that have forced large-scale evacuations in the Australian city of Townsville.

Theirs bodies were found near a park today following what has been described as a once in a century flood in the northern Queensland city.

Police did not confirm whether the victims were two men, aged 21 and 23, whose disappearance yesterday had led to the discovery of the bodies. Thousands of houses were also flooded. Townsville has received more than a metre foot of rain in the past 10 days – the equivalent of the Region’s total annual rainfall.

Police did not give further details about the two deaths, other than to say their relatives had been notified.  At least 19 people found trapped in floodwaters have been rescued since Sunday, according to state officials

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