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Old 01-04-2011, 02:55 AM   #1
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Police say 10 people have died in flooding since November 30 Forecasters expect water levels will crest on Wednesday Australian prime minister says damages could cost "hundreds of millions of dollars" Sydney (CNN) -- More evacuations were underway in the flood-ravaged Australian state of Queensland ...
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Queensland Floods Death Toll Rises
January 17, 2011 - Heartbreaking scenes in Grantham as search for bodies continues; Emergency services are continuing the search for bodies in the town of Grantham, in the Lockyer Valley, which was devastated by a sudden flood on January 10.
The death toll in Queensland’s flood crisis has risen to 18 with the discovery of the body of a middle-aged man in the Helidon/Withcott area. The man was found yesterday in a large pile of debris near Lockyer and Gatton creeks between Helidon and Withcott, Queensland police confirmed. The man has yet to be identified.

Earlier yesterday, State Premier Anna Bligh said the body of a ‘‘mature-aged’’ woman had been recovered at a home in Grantham in the Lockyer Valley. Ms Bligh said the woman’s body was recovered in a home which had been searched twice before. ‘‘Just to give people an inkling of what police are working through in Grantham ... this house had already been searched on two occasions,’’ Ms Bligh told reporters. ‘‘And the body was located on the final search. ‘‘Some of the houses are full of a lot of debris.’’

It was not clear if the dead woman was among those listed missing. ‘‘Police and army personnel are being absolutely systematic and rigorous,’’ Ms Bligh continued. ‘‘We need to be confident that bodies that are in the town of Grantham are recovered. ‘‘And people I hope will understand the pressure that the police are working under in these sorts of circumstances and be patient. ‘‘They are working as hard as they can to be in a position to allow people back into Grantham as quickly as possible.’’ The death toll previously stood at 16.

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Many still missing in Brazil floods; criticism grows
Sun Jan 16, 2011 - Dozens of flood survivors desperate for news of missing relatives lined up outside a morgue in the Brazilian town of Teresopolis on Saturday as criticism grew of authorities' response to one of the country's worst natural disasters.
Nearly four days after rains sparked floods and massive landslides, officials in this scenic mountain town are still struggling to cope with the scale of the catastrophe that has killed at least 564 people in the region north of Rio de Janeiro. Cemeteries in Teresopolis have been overwhelmed by the number of bodies and Brazilian media reported that residents in isolated areas have been forced to bury victims themselves.

Mortuary officials in Teresopolis, where the official death toll is 238, are using two refrigerated fish trucks to hold dozens of bodies that have still not been identified. Many residents fear their relatives are still buried under the surge of water, mud and rocks that tore a path of destruction through some villages on the outskirts of the town, suggesting the death toll could rise sharply. Authorities have not given estimates on the number of missing people.

Wemerly Moraes, 37, was waiting with his wife outside the morgue on Saturday morning to identify a body that could be the missing two-year-old son of his sister, whose body has already been buried. "This happened on Wednesday morning. When I went there on Thursday, there was still no-one working to find victims," the 37-year-old builder said. "Maybe then he was still alive." Up to half the victims of the disaster are feared to be children, charity Save the Children said.

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