A series of floods hit Australia, beginning in December 2010, primarily in the state of Queensland including its capital city, Brisbane. Three-quarters of the state of Queensland was declared a disaster zone. The floods forced the evacuation of thousands of people from towns and cities. At least seventy towns and over 200,000 people were affected.37 people were killed and 9 people are recorded as missing. Economic loss is estimated to be £ billion. It has been recorded as Australia's costliest natural disaster ever.