Queensland's floods are shocking, mind-boggling: Australian PM (2)

09:18, January 12, 2011      

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"We are bracing for further bad news."

Initial emergency payments were being made available quickly, with 10,000 claims already processed and around 17 million U.S. dollars going into people's pockets, Gillard said, adding that one thousand staff were working on the payments.

Meanwhile, the defense forces had been helping every day of the flood crisis, and as the flood has worsened the government had increased the assets available.

Gillard announced the government will send seven additional helicopters available on Wednesday, that bring to 15 the number in Queensland. Eleven of those helicopters will be available to assist in search and rescue.

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