Tuesday's Quicky: Thousands farewell Abdallah siblings, coronavirus cruise, QLD deluge.

1. Abdallah siblings farewelled after Oatlands crash.

Siblings Sienna, 8, Angelina, 12, and Antony, 13, were farewelled yesterday, after being run down and killed on a footpath by an alleged drunk driver in Oatlands, Sydney.

2000 mourners attended the joint funeral, including NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and the Prime Minister’s wife Jenny Morrison.

The employees of Danny Abdallah, the children’s father, formed a guard of honour outside the church as the white hearses arrived.

White doves and balloons in the shape of rosary beads were released above the coffins of the three children – pallbearers wore navy suits with coloured shirts underneath to represent the kid’s genders.

2000 mourners attended the children's funerals. Image: AAP Image/Bianca De Marchi.

On the last day he spent with his father, Antony told his dad he wanted to dedicate his basketball game to fallen NBA legend Kobe Bryant. The 13-year-old's coffin was draped with Bryant's No.24 LA Lakers jersey.

Monsignor Shora Maree in his homily addressed Mr Abdallah and the children's mother Leila Geagea, praising them for their faith amid tragedy.

These "words of forgiveness... stunned the world," Mons Shora said.

"That doesn't come just from something human, that comes from the divine."

The four children fatally struck in Oatlands. Image: Social.

The congregation heard that Sienna's eighth birthday wish was to look after the homeless and Angelina's year six teacher told her parents "your daughter cares for everybody".

The siblings cousin, 11-year-old Veronique Sakr, who also died in the crash, will be farewelled today.

Samuel William Davidson, 29, was allegedly three times the legal blood alcohol limit when he is said to have driven into the children.

He's been charged with 20 offences, including four counts of manslaughter, and is due to next appear in court in April.

2. Four more Aussies diagnosed with coronavirus on cruise ship off Japan.

Four more Aussies are being treated for coronavirus aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Japan.

66 people have now been confirmed with the virus on board the ship, 11 of those are Australians.

A spokesperson from the cruise liner says those infected will be transferred to medical facilities in Japan.

Japanese soldiers and emergency workers in protective clothing walk from the Diamond Princess cruise ship at Daikoku Pier. Image: Carl Court/Getty Images.

With the death toll now over 900 and those infected more than 40,000 - British researchers have released a map that predicts the spread of the virus over the next three months, based on the mobile and flight data of 60,000 people who fled Wuhan in the two weeks before the city was placed into lockdown.


The map shows that an estimated 59,912 air passengers, including 834 infected with the Wuhan virus, flew from Wuhan to 382 cities outside of mainland China during that window before quarantine.

It’s also believed that five million of Wuhan’s 11 million residents had already left the area by the time it was placed into lockdown just two days before the Lunar New Year.

3. Queensland preparing for more flooding.

Some Queensland residents are being told to be aware of potentially more flooding with multiple storm fronts to dump a deluge on them this week.

The towns of Dalby, Oakey, Applethorpe, Warwick and Roma have already blown past their average February rainfall markers, with Oakey and Roma doing that in just one day over the weekend.

Along the coast near Bribie Island North Stradbroke, Rainbow Beach and the Gold Coast, the shark nets are being pulled in from the water ahead of the wild weather with swells of up to four metres expected on Thursday.

While the rain has given some farmers in NSW some much needed relief, it isn’t the drought breaking moment we’ve been waiting for.

The storm filled dams, put out more than 30 bushfires, including the Gospers Mountain blaze that was labelled too big to put out - but it also caused flash flooding, mass power outages and millions of dollars worth of damage to properties especially along the NSW coast.

With AAP.

Feature Image: AAP.

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