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Clean-up begins after deadly Australia floods

Published on Jan 30, 2013 8:50 AM
 
This aerial handout photo taken on Jan 29, 2013 by Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and released to the media by his office shows floodwaters surrounding properties in the town of Bundaberg in Australia's Queensland state. Floodwaters began slowly receding across northeast Australia on Wednesday as a mammoth clean-up got underway after thousands of homes were swamped, leaving at least four people dead. -- PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - Floodwaters began slowly receding across northeast Australia on Wednesday as a mammoth clean-up got underway after thousands of homes were swamped, leaving at least four people dead.

Police also held grave fears for two men missing since Sunday - a Malaysian and a Taiwanese reportedly in Australia on a working holiday.

While the worst of the deluge appears over many homes remain without power and there were fears of drinking water shortages after rivers swollen by torrential rain from ex-tropical cyclone Oswald breached their banks this week.

Four people were killed in northern Queensland state and there was growing concern for the two men who disappeared on their way to work on Sunday.

 
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