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Last Updated: Wednesday December 29 2010 12:17 GMT

Floods swamp parts of Australia

Floods in Queensland

Flooding in north-eastern Australia has forced hundreds of people to leave their homes.

Some areas are completely underwater, after Cyclone Tasha hit Queensland on Saturday bringing heavy rain and storms.

In one town every single building was flooded, and everybody had to be flown to safety by a fleet of helicopters.

Although the rain is getting better in some areas, the floods have already badly damaged buildings and crops.

The town of Theodore has been declared a disaster zone.

And county mayor Maureen Clancy said the flooding was still getting worse.

"Certainly the water is still rising. The heights are at such a new record it's not known what this is going to do," she said.