16 Apr '11, 6am

3 months after floods & cyclone, Queensland is back in business

Imagine driving all the way from Beijing to Singapore. That is roughly the length of road in Queensland that has been repaired, after the floods that struck the north-eastern Australian state in early January. Less than three months after the unprecedented deluge - which was followed by destructive Cyclone Yasi - Queensland has seen a remarkable recovery, according to state Premier Anna Bligh, who was speaking to a large group of diplomats on a post-disaster tour of Queensland last week. Besides the roads, 4,700km of the rail network was damaged and, so far, 4,200km of repairs have been completed, the approximate distance "from Los Angeles right across America to New York", said Ms Bligh. The volume of "two Sydney Harbours" have been removed from coal mines that were inundated in the mining state, she added. The disasters claimed 35 lives and damage has been estimated at A...

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