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Three killed, dozens rescued in Australia floods

Floodwaters race across the Oxenford - Tamborine road on Australia's Gold Coast on Jan. 28, 2013 as severe floods swept through two states.Brett Faulkner / AFP - Getty Images
Residents inspect their flooded home in Bundaberg, Queensland, on Jan. 28, 2013. At least 1,200 Bundaberg properties are already flooded, and there are fears the number could reach 2,000.Dan Peled / EPA

Three people were reported to have been killed and dozens more were plucked from roofs and marooned cars in dramatic air rescues in northeastern Australia on Monday as severe floods swept through two states, inundating thousands of homes.  

The heavy rain was caused by the remnants of a tropical cyclone that hit the country last week and also brought severe weather including tornadoes.

-- Agence France-Presse, The Associated Press