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Brisbane counts cost of flooding

A huge clean-up is under way as deadly floodwaters recede in Brisbane, following one of Australia’s worst natural disasters.

Water and mud from the Brisbane River swamped 30,000 homes and businesses in the city, while almost 60,000 homes are still without power in Queensland.

Hundreds of defence personnel have been drafted in to help with the aftermath of the flooding, with the military delivering food, clothes and other supplies to areas still cut off by the waters.

The cost of the disaster is expected to be in the billions after the torrent of water washed away rail tracks, flooded mines and closed factories.

Work on a £4.1bn airport link road project in Brisbane has been halted with parts of the site underwater, with workers building a levee to protect a tunnel under construction at the site.

The floodwaters have crippled the state’s coal rail system, washing tracks from their beds.

At least 19 people have been killed in the flooding.

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