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Flash floods bring further misery in Australia

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Emergency services in Australia have launched a major search and rescue operation after flash floods killed eight people and left scores missing.

Authorities say Brisbane, Queensland’s state capital, is under threat.

Four people have been killed in the town of Toowoomba, after heavy rains launched a two-metre wall of water through the streets, washing away people and cars.

Police helicopters lifted more than 40 people to safety, while military personnel are on the hunt for the missing.

Flooding is expected to hit Brisbane, where hundreds of homes and businesses in the 32 suburbs that line the swollen Brisbane River are running out of time.

A major incident room has been set up in the state capital to coordinate the huge rescue operation.

It is the country’s worst flooding in 50 years.