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Flood Area Near
DARWIN, Wednesday. ~ Freak rain of up to 15in. in 48 hours has flooded 50.000 square miles of semi-desert north-east of Alice Springs.
Many cattle stations have been isolated.
Cattle bogged down m mud pans are threatened with starvation.
-The area in two days has had -more rain than the average rainfall for a year.
Two men narrowly escaped" drowning when their car sank in flooded Seven Mile Creek, north of Tennant Creek.
The car floated, like a
beat in the raging torrent,
but sank when one man panicked and opened a door. '
The men, Douglas Fraser and Brian Joss, both of Tennant Crefik, swam
Drivers of heavy trans ports Are camped at the side of the . creek waiting for the water to subside., ,
The road to Eldorado gold mine has been cut, and trucks are% bogged on the road to Peko copper mine, the biggest mining project in the Northern Territory.
People' on isolated flying doctor airstrips may run short of fo9d unless " the I