Photos: Australian flooding

January 13, 2011 -- Updated 0551 GMT (1351 HKT)
 

Three quarters of the state of Queensland in Australia have been declared a disaster zone after torrential rain threatened the worst flooding in 37 years.


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A McDonalds and other businesses are submerged by floodwaters on Thursday January 13 in Brisbane, Australia.


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A house for sale on Fairfield Road is submerged in floodwater on Thursday January 13 in Brisbane, Australia, among more than 25,000 homes partially or completely flooded.


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A hand scrawled marker on Thursday, January 13, shows the level of Brisbane's infamous 1974 floods in which 14 people died.


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Police tape cordons off inundated streets in the Brisbane suburb of New Farm on Thursday, January 13.


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Houses in the Brisbane suburb of Yeronga are submerged by flood waters on Thursday, January 13.


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Two people on a bench look on at the swollen Brisbane River after floodwaters peaked early on Thursday morning, January 13.


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Suncorp Stadium, the Queensland venue for rugby and football matches, is submerged as flood waters rise in Brisbane on Wednesday, January 12.


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Supermarket shelves are nearly bare on Wednesday in Brisbane as milk, bread, fresh fruit and vegetables are in high demand.


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Torches and candles are sold out at the usually well-stocked shop, and people hurriedly buy batteries after power outages in nearby suburbs.


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Some buildings in Brisbane's central business district are sandbagged on Wednesday afternoon as the city prepares for flood waters to continue to rise.


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Flooding is seen at a normally popular market spot. Brisbane's Riverside Centre is home to shops, offices and restaurants.


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A river side path and a ferry stop in Brisbane are inundated by floodwaters.


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The Sydney Street ferry stop is pummeled by the current about an hour before the river ripped it apart on Wednesday, January 12.


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A pontoon floats down the river on Wednesday, January 12.


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People stand outside a noodle takeaway shop in Yeronga, Brisbane.


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Water reaches traffic lights at an intersection in a central Brisbane suburb.