Australia flood crisis worsens; 8 killed, 72 missing

January 11, 2011 03:12

BRISBANE, Australia — At least eight people were killed and 72 left missing after the latest downpour to hit Australia's flood-wracked Queensland state sent raging torrents rushing through several towns, washing away cars and houses, officials said Tuesday.

Emergency services officers plucked more than 40 people from houses isolated by the torrent that hit the Lockyer Valley with little warning on Monday, but thunderstorms and more driving rain were keeping helicopters from reaching an unknown number of other people still in danger on Tuesday morning.Queensland state Premier Anna Bligh said there were "grave concerns" for at least 11 of the missing.

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