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"Hero" schoolboy buried in Brisbane

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Blake Rice has helped carry the coffin at the funeral of his older brother in Brisbane in Australia. Jordan, who was 13, has become a hero for many.

Trapped in the family car by the surging floodwaters, he urged rescuers to take Blake first. But Jordan and his mother Donna were swept to their deaths before they could be saved themselves.

It is a poignant illustration of the distress caused by the worst flooding to swamp Queensland for decades. At least 30 people are known to have died.

Flooding is now also a threat in the southeastern state of Victoria. More than 1,000 people have fled their homes in the town of Kerang as the local river threatens to burst its banks.

At least 58 towns across the state have been hit by flooding. Power cuts are also a problem, as in places electricity substations have been submerged.