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Australia floods: Brisbane begins clean-up

Friday, January 14, 2011 - 01:57

Jan 14 - Residents in parts of Brisbane start cleaning up their flood-damaged homes. Paul Chapman reports.

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Residents of Australia's third largest city are returning to their homes as the flood waters subside with mixed feelings. Relief that the floods in some parts of Brisbane are receding is tempered with the sight of homes and possessions destroyed by the water and filled with stinking mud left behind. SOUNDBITE: Unidentified woman saying (English): "This is our....we're just in the process of cleaning our fridge, it absolutely reeks, and that's our kitchen. Come down, this is...that's another bathroom down there, that's our laundry, or was our laundry. Another living area....so." Up to 30, 000 homes in Brisbane have suffered a similar fate. Many of the city's suburbs are still under water after some of the country's worst floods on record. Across the state of Queensland the floods have claimed 19 lives. More than 60 people are still missing. English cricket star Kevin Pietersen is auctioning off an Ashes shirt and bat he used when his team won the last series against Australia. He's also offering to fly the highest bidder to Perth for the final of the one-day international. SOUNDBITE: English cricketer Kevin Pietersen saying (English): "I doing it because I feel sorry and I feel sad for what's happening up in Queensland. I really want to try and make some sort of little difference and some sort of a help and I could easily have done nothing about it but I hope to get double figures in pounds to assist in this. The town of Goondiwindi in western Queensland is among those still waiting for the worst to come. They're hoping emergency levees will hold with the Macintyre river was expected to reach a peak of just under 11 metres. Paul Chapman, Reuters

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Australia floods: Brisbane begins clean-up

Friday, January 14, 2011 - 01:57