KERANG, Australia (AFP) – Britain’s Prince William wound up his Australian tour Monday with a visit to flood-hit parts of Victoria as the state government announced more money to help those worst affected. In a trip seen as a public relations success, the second-in-line to the British throne turned his attention to people whose homes and farms were flooded in mid-January when the Loddon River broke its banks. But the prince missed the opportunity of getting a first-hand feel for what they experienced. A severe weather warning was issued earlier in the day for western and central Victoria, including a flood watch for the Loddon River, but the rains stayed away for his arrival in Kerang. The Victoria leg follows a weekend of touring disaster-affected communities in Queensland, which was hit this year by massive floods that swept away entire homes, killing more than 30 people, and then by Cyclone Yasi. The prince, who marries his fiancee Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, was briefed by local emergency services personnel in Kerang before touring the area and later attends a traditional Australian barbecue. Local shire mayor Max Fehring said he was confident William would get a good understanding…
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