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Death toll from Australia floods expected to climb

BRISBANE, Australia (Reuters) - The death toll from Australia’s devastating floods is expected to climb, with grave fears held for many of the 72 people still missing, the premier of flood-stricken Queensland state said Tuesday.

“We fully expect that we may see that figure rise,” Premier Anna Bligh told a news conference, describing the situation as grim and desperate. The confirmed death toll stands at least 12 since the floods began about three weeks ago.

“Given the circumstances, we hold very grave concerns for many of those people who are unaccounted for in this region.”

Reporting by Ed Davies; Editing by Mark Bendeich

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