15 Jan '11, 6am

Thkful that the flood is gone & restoration can now commence Queensland begins big post-flood clean-up

BRISBANE - Australia's third-largest city started cleaning up stinking mud and debris on Friday after some of the country's worst floods on record. But in a sign of the task ahead, it could take six months to pump flood waters out of Queensland's coal mines. Many suburbs in the state's capital Brisbane, a city of two million people, remained submerged after floodwaters inundated the riverside city on Thursday. The Queensland floods, which started in December, have killed 20 people, left 53 missing and affected an area the size of South Africa. A total of 86 towns have been impacted. "We have seen a massive dislocation of people across the state," said Queensland state Premier Anna Bligh, who has described Brisbane as looking like a "war zone". Sodden mattresses, mud-stained clothes and water-logged electrical equipment were piled up in front of houses in the badly-hit Toow...

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