THE havoc being wreaked by the devastating Queensland floods is worrying for the many thousands of Irish people who have friends and relatives in catastrophe-stricken Australia.
It is a very frightening time for all those being forced to flee their homes in Brisbane, with the city braced for the worst flooding in more than a century.
Few will be left untouched by the dire situation that is unfolding over there. The flooding shows us yet again that when nature strikes, it doesn't matter how wealthy or how many resources a country has.
Australia is a modern democracy with the best laid evacuation plans, and yet its third largest city is now under siege.
While many of us may be used to seeing such levels of devastation in third world countries, it is deeply unsettling to see such a powerful nation laid waste by the sheer force of mother nature.