House washed away by flood waters
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Australia floods 'like inland tsunami'

Officials in the Australian state of Queensland say at least 72 people are missing after flash floods which have already claimed eight lives.

Queensland Police Commissioner, Bob Atkinson, compared it to "an inland instant tsunami with a massive wall of water".

People waited on roof tops to be rescued, as the flooding intensified in the area of Grantham west of the city of Toowoomba.

The BBC's Nick Bryant reports.

  • 11 Jan 2011