Water levels in the area were "at heights not previously known" and the town looked like it was "sitting in the middle of an ocean," a senior official says of hard-hit Burketown town.
Police urge all residents of remote Burketown town to evacuate, warning that record-high floodwaters were expected to rise further over the weekend.
"These floods are having a devastating impact, many of these communities ... are communities that do it tough, and the resources simply aren't there on the ground," Australian PM said.
Inhabitants of Aymara-speaking village of Ichu march through fields to plead for rains as Andean nation declares state of emergency in over 100 districts.
Government will give $100 per month to feed children in households headed by women, and subsidise fertilisers used by small-scale farmers, says President Gustavo Petro.
At least seven people have been found dead in Venezuela's Tachira state after heavy flooding hit a religious gathering.
Australia's weather bureau has said much of the country will face unusually heavy downpours, confirming that a La Nina weather event was under way for the third year in a row.
Greenhouse gas concentrations, global sea levels and ocean heat content reached record highs in 2021, according to the annual State of the Climate report.
Torrential rains drenching northeastern portions of the South American country since Tuesday leaves at least 79 dead and dozens missing, officials say.
With dozens of people still reported missing, hundreds of rescue workers, along with neighbors and relatives, are still searching for possible survivors.
Government figure shows 34 percent decrease in deforestation across Caqueta, Meta and Guaviare provinces compared with the first half of 2020 when close to 64,500 hectares were deforested.
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