February 2, 2012
Beginning in December 2010, Australians living in Queensland suffered the worst flooding the country has seen in 50 years. Pounding rains and swollen rivers submerged over 1,200 homes and damaged 11,000 more. At least 40 towns, with around 200,000 combined people, were affected and water covered an area nearly as large as all of Germany and France combined. Across the state of Queensland, 35 people were killed.
As a result of the massive flooding many of Queensland’s industries shut down, including coal mining, cattle ranching and farming.
At the height of the Queensland floods, Give2Asia began identifying local needs and opportunities for response. Through the Give2Asia Australia Flood Response Fund, we raised $208,499.14 and funded three projects aimed at rebuilding Queensland’s industries and communities. Thank you to all the donors who contributed to the recovery of Australia’s second largest state.