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Southeast Qld 'shuts down' ahead of deluge

Southeast Queensland is shutting down, workers are going home and more than 2000 schools are closed as the region braces for flash flooding from up to half a metre of rain expected to fall in the next 24 hours.

Don Dale ignored rules for 'at risk' kids

Procedures for dealing with kids at risk of self-harm were not being followed more than a decade after a death in custody at Don Dale Youth Detention Centre, a royal commission has been told.

Debbie's floods spark rescues off roofs

Almost 100 people - many stranded on the top of houses, cars and verandahs - have been rescued by emergency workers after being trapped by floodwaters in cyclone-battered central Queensland.

Coal shipments from central Qld halted

Coal shipments out of central Queensland have ground to a complete halt after heavy rain from ex-tropical cyclone Debbie caused the closure of the Port of Gladstone.

Flash flood risk as Debbie swamps SE Qld

Brisbane has already recorded a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, and the downpour will continue on Thursday, as the remnants of ex-cyclone Debbie passes over the southeast.

Rescue operations for 50 stranded people

Emergency services workers are attempting to rescue about 50 stranded people, many off the roofs of houses and cars, after being trapped by floodwaters in and around cyclone-battered Mackay.

One survivor in migrant shipwreck

A 16-year-old boy was the sole survivor of a migrant shipwreck off the coast of Libya in which 146 are feared dead, the UN International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has said.