Northern Tasmania is grappling with the most devastating flooding it has experienced in decades after a severe weather system that devastated Queensland and New South Wales hit the state on Monday. As night fell, police held grave concerns for two elderly people reported missing in the Tasmanian floodwaters, which continue to rise.

By Monday night more than 100 people in Latrobe in Tasmania had been evacuated by helicopter and boat, including a family of three rescued from the roof of their car. Residents in St Leonards, in Launceston, had also been evacuated. Evacuation centres have been established in Devonport, Launceston, Wynyard and Deloraine, with 3,500 homes without power and significant livestock losses at dairy farms along the Mersey river. READ MORE