Girl, 9, drowns in floodwaters in far north Queensland

A YOUNG girl died at the weekend after she got into difficulty while swimming in floodwaters in far-north Queensland.

The girl, 9, was swimming at a creek-crossing in Rossville, south of Cooktown, on Saturday afternoon when the fast flowing water swept her away.

Her body was later found about 400 metres downstream.

The girl's death comes after a severe weather warning was issued for a large area in the north of the state.

The Bureau of Meteorology earlier warned that rainfall totals of 200-300mm had been forecast across the weekend for coastal catchments between Cape Tribulation and Cardwell.

The weather bureau said the heavy rainfall could continue to cause flash flooding in some areas into this week.

Flash flood alerts are currently in place for the Daintree, Mossman, Barron, Mulgrave, Russell, Johnstone and Murray rivers.

A cyclone is expected to form in far-north Queensland this week as a monsoon trough near the Gulf of Carpentaria threatens to develop further.



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