Up to 20,000 homes are at risk in Townsville

Intense monsoon rains caused severe flooding in north-eastern Australia. Streets are turned into rivers,  flooding forces local population to evacuate.

Cars and livestock have been swept away over a large area around the coastal city of Townsville. Emergency crews are evacuating those who suffered.

More than 20,000 families could suffer if the flooding continues.

Northern Queensland has a tropical climate and experiences monsoon rain from December to April. But the current conditions in the Townsville area are rare.

The army is helping to protect homes with sandbags.