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Flash floods add to Australian flooding misery

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Flash floods add to Australian flooding misery


Just when they thought the worst was over.

Flash floods have killed at least one woman in a town in north-eastern Australia, in a region already devastated by weeks of flooding.

The scene in Toowoomba in Queensland comes as the government announces fortnightly payments for those who can no longer work.

The payments are worth just under 380 euros.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said: “Today I announce a further assistance measure. This is the Disaster Income Recovery Subsidy. This measure is to assist people who are not able to do their normal income-earning work and get their normal income because of flood and disaster circumstances.”

The death in Toowoomba brings to 11 the number of people killed since widespread flooding began in November.

It is estimated some 200,000 people have been affected by the disaster, and the region’s big coal-mine industry has been badly hit.

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