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About 300,000 #cattle #dead after #flooding in #Queensland, #Australia

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Spare a thought for Queensland farmers who have spent the weekend scouring their properties to find any stock that survived the floods.

Drought-stricken graziers, who are estimated to have lost a staggering 300,000 head of cattle, have been using helicopters to find their surviving cattle.

He has lost up to 60 per cent of his herd, including a majority of the young cattle that would give his family an income over the next two to three years.

“Financially it will be very hard for us,” he told AAP on Sunday.

“But for people who only have country around here, and have lost most of their breeding herd, I really feel for them.”

Posts online show graziers using jetskis to walk their horses for kilometres to get out of floodwaters, and others have spoken of seeing mobs of up to 500 head of dead cattle stacked up in paddock corners.

The financial impact on individual farmers in Queensland’s interior and the broader cost to the economy may not be known for weeks.

Rural communities from Longreach to Charters Towers, and north to Kowanyama on Cape York Peninsula, remain surrounded by floodwaters.

Meanwhile, insurance companies are being urged not to skip out on Townsville residents left to clean up the damage left behind by floodwaters that swamped much of the far north Queensland city.

Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad has invited insurers to meet her there on Friday after media reports that claimants who had lost their insurance documents were not being paid out.

“Some of the assessments have been very brash and on the spot, rather than allowing residents and households to compile the information and have a conversation with the insurance companies and claim assessors,” Ms Trad told reporters on Saturday.

“(But households) want compassion, and they want a responsive organisation that understands that they are going through a traumatic event.”

Courtesy of perthnow.com.au

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