Receding water levels have revealed the full extent of flood damage in Australia’s third largest city as stinking mud and debris leave homes uninhabitable.
A clean-up operation has begun in Brisbane but it may take months.
In the meantime, people continue to pile into emergency centres. Whole suburbs remain submerged so, for many evacuees, shelters will be home for the immediate future.
EuroNews’ correspondent in Brisbane, Rita Del Prete, said some 800 people had sought help in one centre in the east of the city, receiving food, clothes and psychological support. “It will be many days before they can head home,” she said.
At least 19 people have died and dozens more are missing in Queensland. Neighbouring New South Wales is now also on alert. Forecasters say above average cyclone activity is set to last until March.