Australia live news updates: Victoria records 15 Covid deaths, NSW 11 and Qld eight; flood fatalities as Queensland battered by rain | Australia news

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An SES volunteer is among four Queenslanders killed by flooding in the past week as hundreds of millimetres of rain fell in the south-east corner of the state.

The volunteer died when a car carrying three other SES crew was swept off the road on Friday night.

More than 300mm of rain fell in multiple areas around Brisbane, the Lockyer Valley and Sunshine Coast.

At Mt Glorious, north-west of Brisbane, 690mm of rain fell between 9am Friday and 7am Saturday.

At Pomona on the Sunshine Coast, 535mm of rain fell up to 6am this morning.

“In some parts of south-east Queensland, this is the biggest event that they will see in a number of decades and the rain has not stopped. In fact, there are some parts where it is intensifying,” police minister Mark Ryan said on Saturday morning.

Already saturated catchments are increasing the flood risk and Ryan advised people to take extra caution in the coming days.

“I need everyone out there to be making sensible decisions,” he says.

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