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Australia flood evacuees face 'months' homeless


Agence France-Presse
First Posted 18:29:00 01/13/2011

Filed Under: Flood, Weather, Evacuation(General), Asia Australia - Australia New Zealand

SYDNEY?Some of the thousands made homeless by Australia's devastating floods face "months and months and months" in temporary accommodation, Queensland state premier Anna Bligh warned on Thursday.

Floodwaters have inundated dozens of towns, including Australia's third-largest city Brisbane, across an area the size of France and Germany combined.

As around 3,000 people prepared to bed down for the night in evacuation centres, Bligh said the authorities were bringing in temporary homes from around Australia to help rehouse them as quickly as possible.

"Every person in an evacuation center will be individually worked with to determine how we can get you back in your own homes as quickly as possible," she said.

"For some people we acknowledge that that is going to take months and months and months and you will need interim accommodation on a temporary basis."

Bligh paid tribute to the "army" of volunteers helping to run evacuation centers and soup kitchens.

But she said some centers were becoming overwhelmed with donations of clothes and household items and urged the public to stop bringing in goods for evacuees.

"I know that you mean well, but if you could just hold back on that for a little while," Bligh said.

The floods have now killed 15 people over the past three days, with dozens more unaccounted for.



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