Military evacuates Bundaberg Hospital
Thursday, 31 January, 2013
Prime Minister Julia Gillard said federal authorities are working at every level with the state to help people get through the disaster.
Ms Gillard said a massive C17 transport aircraft has been added to a fleet of Black Hawk helicopters and two C130 Hercules aircraft evacuating patients from Bundaberg Hospital to Brisbane.
The Australian reported that the flood-stricken town is using a fleet of helicopters to rescue stranded residents, with the focus to evacuate all patients from the local hospital.
The report said 140 high-care patients have been moved. It also reported that 60 elderly people at the city's RSL aged care facility, who were isolated by floodwaters, were also moved on Tuesday.
The Defence Force and the Royal Flying Doctor Service have both been involved in the operation, with patients being sent to Brisbane hospitals, with over 100 Defence Force personnel have been deployed to the city.
The Hercules is being used to fly patients into Brisbane and returning to Bundaberg with essential supplies, while the huge C17 will transport heavy equipment needed by Queensland Fire and Rescue and the ambulance service.
Ms Gillard said the federal and state governments were working well together.?"I wish I could put this differently but the truth is our systems . . . have been tried and tested time and time again because we've had to face so much in Queensland so we know how to work together - we know how to do it well," she told the ABC.?Disaster funding is already in place.
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