Inquiry into Deadly Australian Floods Gets Underway

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An inquiry into the Queensland floods hears that authorities were warned months in advance for impending extreme weather event. The process is expected to take about a year to complete.

An inquiry into the floods in the Australian state of Queensland which claimed at least 35 lives, began in Brisbane on Monday.

The state's water minister Stephen Robertson, gave evidence at the opening day of the inquiry, which is expected to last for a year.

[Stephen Robertson, Queensland Water Minister]:
"Mister (Jim) Davidson warned that his was not a run-of-the-mill La Nina."

At its peak, floods affected an area larger than the total size of Germany and France put together.

According to local media, Robertson said upon receiving the warning that he sent a letter to the management of a major regional dam, but could not get a response for two months.

Water releasing procedures and efficiency from major regional dams were expected to come under more scrutiny during the inquiry.

An interim report is expected in August.

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