Australia's Brisbane facing homelessness crisis

19:03, January 17, 2011      

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Australia's flood-hit city of Brisbane is facing a homelessness crisis, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh warned on Monday.

Bligh said it was clear many people would be homeless for an extended period of time, and all options, including "work-camp" style hubs were being considered to accommodate them.

"We are currently looking at how we can provide temporary accommodation. It may be necessary in some places to have, effectively, a temporary work-camp set up," she told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

On Monday, the grim search for bodies was continuing in the devastated Lockyer Valley, west of Brisbane.

The death toll still stands at 18, most in valley communities. Police say grave fears are held for 14 others who remain missing from the Toowoomba/Lockyer Valley area.

The devastating floods have affected 51 of the state's 73 council areas and flooded 11,900 homes and 2,500 businesses.

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