Brisbane - Officials say around 1 200 properties are flooded in the Australian east coast city of Bundaberg as rescuers struggle to reach dozens of people trapped on roof tops. There are no reports of injuries.

Deputy Mayor David Batt on Monday told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s radio station that hundreds of people need to be evacuated from their homes.

Queensland state premier Campbell Newman says emergency crews are trying to rescue 30 people trapped on roofs in Bundaberg.

Bundaberg, which has a population of 98 000, is 385km north of the state capital Brisbane. - Sapa-AP