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Storm toll rises to 10 after second campground body found

Rising waters in Buchan, regional Victoria, turned a popular campground into a river.

Rising waters in Buchan, regional Victoria, turned a popular campground into a river. Photo: 9NEWS screenshot

The storm death toll has risen to ten after a man’s body was found at a campground in Victoria that was flooded on Boxing Day.

The discovery on Wednesday follows the death of a woman in the same area in Buchan in the state’s east which was hit by a flash flood.

Three people were killed in Victoria and seven in Queensland when Australia’s east coast was slammed by storms over Christmas and Boxing Day.

Police launched a fresh search at the Victorian campground after reports the deceased woman was believed to have been camping with a man.

Neither have been formally identified and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

A number of vehicles in the campground area were under water and several people were safely rescued from a nearby bridge, police have been told.

A 44-year-old Bunyip man was killed earlier on Tuesday after a branch fell at his property at Caringal, in eastern Victoria.

Much of the state was on flood watch on Wednesday but conditions are tipped to improve.

Swimmers have been warned to stay alert as the weather gets better and check water quality, as rain has swept contaminants across Port Phillip Bay and into the ocean.

Victoria’s Environmental Protection Authority said beach conditions along the Bellarine Peninsula, much of Melbourne and the Yarra River were likely to remain poor on Thursday.

Seven dead in Qld

Wild weather that claimed seven lives in Queensland over the festive season is expected to ease but more storms could be on the way.

The Bureau of Meteorology says severe thunderstorms that hammered the state’s southeast on Christmas and Boxing Day will start clearing on Thursday.

However, there is still a possibility of severe storms, damaging wind gusts, heavy rainfall, and large hail between Mackay and Brisbane.

Heatwave conditions will also persist in the state’s north, west, and storm-ravaged southeast, where maximum temperatures are well above average.

The hot weather will continue into the weekend when a new trough, possibly bringing more rain and thunderstorms, will extend across western, central, and southern Queensland.

Seven people including a nine-year-old girl died on Christmas and Boxing Day as storms swept across the state’s southeast.

The girl’s body was found on Tuesday evening after she was lost in a Brisbane stormwater drain.

Three people died after their boat capsized in Moreton Bay on Tuesday afternoon.

The victims were a 48-year-old from Alexandra Hills, a 69-year-old from Meridan Plains and a 59-year-old from Tingalpa.

They were among 11 passengers on board the boat, with paramedics taking eight to hospital in a stable condition.

And the body of a 46-year-old woman was recovered in the Gympie Weir on Wednesday, following a search of the Mary River.

A 40-year-old woman’s body was retrieved from the river on Tuesday night.

One of the areas hardest hit by storms was the Gold Coast, where a woman was killed by a falling tree on Monday night.

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