Flooding in parts parts of the Australian state of Queensland have killed at least three people and left hundreds of homes under water.

The rain was brought by Tropical Cyclone Oswald, which is now affecting the northern part of New South Wales.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office updated its travel advice yesterday saying that large parts of Queensland have been affected by storms and “severe flooding”.

The FCO said: “Flood waters have inundated more than 1.3 million sq kilometres, including several major cities and towns.

“Six tornadoes also struck the central Queensland town of Bundaberg, damaging up to 150 homes.

The Queensland Government has declared a disaster and opened evacuation centres.

“New South Wales is now on alert for heavy rains, damaging winds and heavy surf as ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald moves down the east coast.”

Australian prime minister Julia Gillard said it had been a “tough period” for Queensland, and that the whole country was being “challenged by nature”.