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South-eastern Australia hit by floods

South-eastern Australia hit by floods
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More than 1,000 homes have been flooded following heavy rain in south-eastern Australia.

People are doing what they can to protect themselves against the rising water in the state of Victoria.

It is already knee-deep in Horsham, 300 kilometres from Melbourne, where 3,500 people have been evacuated from their homes. Sandbags are being handed out to those who remain.

Flooding has hit four northern states since December. It looks set to be the costliest natural disaster the country has ever experienced.

The estimated cost of rebuilding in northern Queensland alone stands at seven billion euros. The damage bill is rising fast, as flooding hits the southern states as well.

So far, at least 30 people are known to have lost their lives.

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