Search and rescue, Urandangi area (South of Mount Isa)

Police are coordinating a search and rescue operation after eight people were reported missing in an area impacted by heavy flooding in North West Queensland.

Around 2.30pm, police received information that seven adults and a 2-year-old child travelling in two vehicles departed Urandangi at 11am this morning destined for Mount Isa.

As of 4.45pm, they have not reached Mount Isa and it is believed they have become stranded by flood waters.

Heavy rain and cloud cover is so far hindering efforts to deploy aerial assets to survey local roads and police are unable to conduct a land search as no vehicles can access roads due to flooding.

Police are hoping that a break in the weather may enable a fly over before dark. If not, the search will resume at first light.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.

Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.

For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 or 24hrs a day.

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