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'Once in a decade deluge' hits Australia

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Two farming regions in Australia have been declared disaster zones after heavy rains and floodwaters have threatened thousands of residents.

The rains have stopped but rivers and reservoirs are still rising and there is still concern that local levees could break.

The flooding has centred around the Castlereagh River near the farming community of Coonamble.

Nick Bryant reports from Sydney.

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