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Severe flooding wreaks havoc in eastern Australia

Severe flooding is threatening parts of New South Wales and Queensland in eastern Australia, with towns cut off and thousands of residents evacuated.

More than 10,000 people in communities affected by the floods have been left stranded, authorities said on Friday.

Queensland has declared a natural disaster in the south of its state.

The BBC's Kimberley Soekov reports.