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WA: Heavy rain dumped in outback and seven people missed in floods

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Police is searching seven people who are missing in flooded outback in Western Australia.

The group includes three elders and four children aged between seven and seventeen.

Police alerted on Tuesday morning after the group failed to arrive home. The group from north-east of the Goldfields city left in two cars heading to Aboriginal community of Tjuntjuntjara from Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

The group left between 10am and 2pm on Sunday. According to 9 News.

WA Police started to search those people but didn’t found. The search was expected to be resumed on Tuesday but hampered by bad weather conditions.

“Concerns are held due to the fact that we have had severe weather and rain and more has been forecast over the next 24 hours and we have been unable to make contact with the occupants,” WA Police Inspector Mick Kelly said.

Inspector Kelly said their air asset was up that morning and flew for an hour. Quite simply, the plane can’t see through the clouds and therefore, they weren’t able to locate them.

It’s believed that the group was carrying minimal food, with one of the vehicles equipped with water and camping equipment, and hope they have remained with the vehicle (1986 Toyota Landcruiser and white Mitsubishi Triton).

Paupiyala Tjarutja Aboriginal Corporation CEO Jon Lark said they know that they’re somewhere in the middle. 

Meanwhile, the Eyre highway which links WA and South Australia has been shut again and could be closed for up to five days with more rain forecast.

The highway closed after opening for seven hours on Tuesday.


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