SCOTCHING RUMOURS: Acting Bundaberg police inspector Joe Hildred sets record straight on flood death toll rumours.
SCOTCHING RUMOURS: Acting Bundaberg police inspector Joe Hildred sets record straight on flood death toll rumours. Max Fleet

Bundy Police set the record straight on flood death total

WITH flood-death rumours continuing to circulate around Bundaberg, and gaining momentum on social media outlets, Bundaberg police are fed up and ready to set the record straight. 

Bundaberg police Acting Inspector Joe Hildred said only one person had died in a flood-related circumstance during the Bundaberg floods.

"Between 26th January to today - the only person to have died in relation to the tornadoes and the floods was one 81-year-old man who fell off his boat," Insp Hildred said.

The man who died was Wolfgang Walter Kaden, of Bundaberg.

Insp Hildred said this was the only causality of the flood that police were aware of.

"There were people who died in that time from natural causes - none of them were a direct result of the tornado and the floods," Insp Hildred said.

"Police are aware of numerous comments on social media sites, i.e. Facebook and Twitter.

"Rumours circulating throughout Bundaberg that there were numerous bodies located in flood-affected areas - this is absolute rubbish."

Of the man who died, Insp Hildred said he had fallen from his yacht in the early hours of Saturday.

He subsequently drowned and his body was discovered that day on the banks of the Burnett River at Burnett Heads.

"This is the only known casualty of the flooding and tornadoes in the Bundaberg area," he said.

Insp Hildred said the flood death rumours needed to be quashed.

"The malicious circulation of rumours and innuendo causes extreme stress for emergency services personnel, their families and the numerous civilian volunteers that actively worked through this time and assisted in rescuing people from Bundaberg and the north side in that time," he said.

He said Bundaberg residents should take a stand against the spreading of these rumours.

"If people become aware of people spreading rumours they should make an active stand to discourage this kind of behaviour and put these rumour to a stop," he said.
 



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