The Straits Times
Published on Jan 30, 2013

Clean-up begins after deadly Australia floods


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.