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North Queensland hit by worst flooding in 30 years, with more rain forecast

The swollen Barron River, inland from Cairns in far north Queensland on Sunday. Residents are mopping up after the worst flooding in more than 30 years. Photograph: Persia Westropp-Hill/AAP

The swollen Barron River, inland from Cairns in far north Queensland on Sunday. Residents are mopping up after the worst flooding in more than 30 years. Photograph: Persia Westropp-Hill/AAP

Residents in far north Queensland are mopping up after the worst flooding in more than 30 years, and they have been warned to expect further heavy rain by the weekend. Houses and businesses were inundated on Sunday after more than 300mm of rain fell in parts of the region. Towns on the Atherton tableland, west of Cairns, were some of the worst affected when creeks around Malanda broke their banks. Residents said it was the worst flooding they had seen in more than 30 years. “I waded back to the house and watched [the river] as it just poured across and it came right up my backyard and it rose to the bottom of my wall on the lower side of my house,” one resident told ABC Radio…

 

WhatsApp: The new dais for fake stories

Smart phone users in the Kingdom are recently being duped by a string of messages composed of fake news and rumors sent through WhatsApp. This social media application has a large impact on Saudi society, since citizens and expats don’t tend to follow news from mainstream media, choosing to receive their daily dose of information from WhatsApp. One of the most recent bogus messages circulating on the social platform is a text that reads: “Saudi Arabia prepares to grant Saudi nationality to all expats who were born in the Kingdom.” Though seemingly harmless, the message is causing quite a stir among the expat community…

 

Internet of Things could be key to IT’s response to climate change

Scientists announced last month that 2014 was the planet’s warmest year on record, sparking renewed debate in Washington about the causes of global warming and what to do about it. But global warming isn’t just a political issue, it’s an IT issue as well…

 

Lack of urban disaster risk plans hit

Malawi has in the recent two weeks experienced a surge flash of floods cued by heavy rainfall that was worsened by a Tropical Cyclone, which is expected to be succeeded by an even worse cyclone in the next coming weeks. Floodwaters rising as high as 5 feet have submerged homes and bridges, making access to some areas virtually possible…

 

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