In pictures: Floods ravage Australian towns

Swathes of the Australian states of Queensland and New South Wales (NSW) have been partially submerged in floods.

Torrential rain lashed heavily populated areas as the remnants of Cyclone Debbie moved down the nation's east coast.

As floods continued to rise in some towns, photographers captured locals surveying damage to their communities.

Residents use a boat to travel down a street in Billinudgel, New South Wales. Image copyright Getty Images

Several rivers broke their banks, prompting emergency warnings.

Two people wade through waist-deep water in Lismore. Image copyright EPA

Residents in Billinudgel, NSW, used surfboards to paddle down the street.

Residents in Billinudgel, NSW, used surf boards to paddle down the street. Image copyright Getty Images

Queensland's capital Brisbane was not spared, and an evacuation order was issued for the town of Beaudesert.

A street sign is partially submerged. Image copyright Getty Images

Businesses were inundated in South Murwillumbah, one of the towns hardest hit.

A man stands in ankle-deep water in South Murwillumbah. Image copyright EPA

The severe weather washed away roads and brought down trees.

Residents stand next to a washed-away road. Image copyright Getty Images

Insurers say it is too early to estimate a damage bill.

Two women sweep water away inside a store. Image copyright EPA

Authorities said tens of thousands of people lost power in the downpour.

A man and a young boy walk through shallow floodwaters. Image copyright Getty Images

Even a bull shark turned up in the floods, prompting a warning.

A bull shark that was found washed up on a road. Image copyright QFES

Fortunately for New South Wales and Queensland, the storm system has now moved out to sea.

A satellite image showing the storm system moving out to sea. Image copyright Bureau of Meteorology

Satellite image courtesy of Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

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