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3 Января 2011, 13:15

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Al Ball wades across a flooded bridge on the Perry River near the town of Gin Gin on January 2, 2011. Up to 200,000 people are estimated to have been hit by the floods which have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined, wreaking untold billions in damage to crops and the nation's key mining industry. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Rising floodwaters spread through the low-lying suburb of Depot Hill in Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , An eight-year-old sea lion "Leo" writes the word "Rabbit" in Chinese characters as part of a New Year's attraction at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama in Kanagawa prefecture, suburban Tokyo on January 3, 2011. February 2011 will mark the start of the Year of the Rabbit according to the lunar calender a 12-year cycle followed by China and other parts of Asia. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO , Rising floodwaters spread across the runway of the airport at Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. TOPSHOTS NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the Fairbairn Dam spilling into the Queensland town of Emerald, illustrating the extent of flooding across the area. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the extent of the flooding in the Queensland town of Emerald. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle , A fireman hoses the foul smelling mud from the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A submerged vehicle reappears covered in mud in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A trimaran (R) and another vessel (L) remain tangled in the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Mal Turner restores power to the recently flooded rowing club on the banks of the Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD
Al Ball wades across a flooded bridge on the Perry River near the town of Gin Gin on January 2, 2011. Up to 200,000 people are estimated to have been hit by the floods which have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined, wreaking untold billions in damage to crops and the nation's key mining industry. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Rising floodwaters spread through the low-lying suburb of Depot Hill in Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , An eight-year-old sea lion "Leo" writes the word "Rabbit" in Chinese characters as part of a New Year's attraction at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama in Kanagawa prefecture, suburban Tokyo on January 3, 2011. February 2011 will mark the start of the Year of the Rabbit according to the lunar calender a 12-year cycle followed by China and other parts of Asia. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO
Al Ball wades across a flooded bridge on the Perry River near the town of Gin Gin on January 2, 2011. Up to 200,000 people are estimated to have been hit by the floods which have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined, wreaking untold billions in damage to crops and the nation's key mining industry. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Rising floodwaters spread through the low-lying suburb of Depot Hill in Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , An eight-year-old sea lion "Leo" writes the word "Rabbit" in Chinese characters as part of a New Year's attraction at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama in Kanagawa prefecture, suburban Tokyo on January 3, 2011. February 2011 will mark the start of the Year of the Rabbit according to the lunar calender a 12-year cycle followed by China and other parts of Asia. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO , Rising floodwaters spread across the runway of the airport at Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. TOPSHOTS NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON
Al Ball wades across a flooded bridge on the Perry River near the town of Gin Gin on January 2, 2011. Up to 200,000 people are estimated to have been hit by the floods which have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined, wreaking untold billions in damage to crops and the nation's key mining industry. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Rising floodwaters spread through the low-lying suburb of Depot Hill in Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , An eight-year-old sea lion "Leo" writes the word "Rabbit" in Chinese characters as part of a New Year's attraction at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama in Kanagawa prefecture, suburban Tokyo on January 3, 2011. February 2011 will mark the start of the Year of the Rabbit according to the lunar calender a 12-year cycle followed by China and other parts of Asia. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO , Rising floodwaters spread across the runway of the airport at Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. TOPSHOTS NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the Fairbairn Dam spilling into the Queensland town of Emerald, illustrating the extent of flooding across the area. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the extent of the flooding in the Queensland town of Emerald. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle , A fireman hoses the foul smelling mud from the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A submerged vehicle reappears covered in mud in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A trimaran (R) and another vessel (L) remain tangled in the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Mal Turner restores power to the recently flooded rowing club on the banks of the Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Police patrol a flooded street in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Emma Collinson (L) and Daryl Jensen (R) begin the clean-up of their glass and aluminium business in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Firefighters clean mud from the recently submerged Kennedy Bridge linking the centre of Bundaberg with its eastern suburbs as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Bruce Dalton cleans mud from the recently submerged Spinnakers bar and restaurant on the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD
Al Ball wades across a flooded bridge on the Perry River near the town of Gin Gin on January 2, 2011. Up to 200,000 people are estimated to have been hit by the floods which have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined, wreaking untold billions in damage to crops and the nation's key mining industry. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Rising floodwaters spread through the low-lying suburb of Depot Hill in Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , An eight-year-old sea lion "Leo" writes the word "Rabbit" in Chinese characters as part of a New Year's attraction at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama in Kanagawa prefecture, suburban Tokyo on January 3, 2011. February 2011 will mark the start of the Year of the Rabbit according to the lunar calender a 12-year cycle followed by China and other parts of Asia. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO , Rising floodwaters spread across the runway of the airport at Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. TOPSHOTS NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the Fairbairn Dam spilling into the Queensland town of Emerald, illustrating the extent of flooding across the area. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the extent of the flooding in the Queensland town of Emerald. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle , A fireman hoses the foul smelling mud from the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A submerged vehicle reappears covered in mud in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A trimaran (R) and another vessel (L) remain tangled in the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Mal Turner restores power to the recently flooded rowing club on the banks of the Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Police patrol a flooded street in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Emma Collinson (L) and Daryl Jensen (R) begin the clean-up of their glass and aluminium business in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Firefighters clean mud from the recently submerged Kennedy Bridge linking the centre of Bundaberg with its eastern suburbs as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Bruce Dalton cleans mud from the recently submerged Spinnakers bar and restaurant on the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Staff and friends clean foul smelling mud from the recently submerged Spinnakers bar and restaurant on the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD
Al Ball wades across a flooded bridge on the Perry River near the town of Gin Gin on January 2, 2011. Up to 200,000 people are estimated to have been hit by the floods which have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined, wreaking untold billions in damage to crops and the nation's key mining industry. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD
Al Ball wades across a flooded bridge on the Perry River near the town of Gin Gin on January 2, 2011. Up to 200,000 people are estimated to have been hit by the floods which have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined, wreaking untold billions in damage to crops and the nation's key mining industry. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Rising floodwaters spread through the low-lying suburb of Depot Hill in Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , An eight-year-old sea lion "Leo" writes the word "Rabbit" in Chinese characters as part of a New Year's attraction at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama in Kanagawa prefecture, suburban Tokyo on January 3, 2011. February 2011 will mark the start of the Year of the Rabbit according to the lunar calender a 12-year cycle followed by China and other parts of Asia. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO , Rising floodwaters spread across the runway of the airport at Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. TOPSHOTS NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the Fairbairn Dam spilling into the Queensland town of Emerald, illustrating the extent of flooding across the area. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the extent of the flooding in the Queensland town of Emerald. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle , A fireman hoses the foul smelling mud from the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A submerged vehicle reappears covered in mud in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A trimaran (R) and another vessel (L) remain tangled in the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Mal Turner restores power to the recently flooded rowing club on the banks of the Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Police patrol a flooded street in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Emma Collinson (L) and Daryl Jensen (R) begin the clean-up of their glass and aluminium business in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Firefighters clean mud from the recently submerged Kennedy Bridge linking the centre of Bundaberg with its eastern suburbs as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Bruce Dalton cleans mud from the recently submerged Spinnakers bar and restaurant on the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Staff and friends clean foul smelling mud from the recently submerged Spinnakers bar and restaurant on the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Darren Kelly (L) and Caroline Fisher (R) clean foul smelling mud from the recently submerged Spinnakers bar and restaurant on the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD
Al Ball wades across a flooded bridge on the Perry River near the town of Gin Gin on January 2, 2011. Up to 200,000 people are estimated to have been hit by the floods which have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined, wreaking untold billions in damage to crops and the nation's key mining industry. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Rising floodwaters spread through the low-lying suburb of Depot Hill in Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , An eight-year-old sea lion "Leo" writes the word "Rabbit" in Chinese characters as part of a New Year's attraction at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama in Kanagawa prefecture, suburban Tokyo on January 3, 2011. February 2011 will mark the start of the Year of the Rabbit according to the lunar calender a 12-year cycle followed by China and other parts of Asia. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO , Rising floodwaters spread across the runway of the airport at Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. TOPSHOTS NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the Fairbairn Dam spilling into the Queensland town of Emerald, illustrating the extent of flooding across the area. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle
Al Ball wades across a flooded bridge on the Perry River near the town of Gin Gin on January 2, 2011. Up to 200,000 people are estimated to have been hit by the floods which have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined, wreaking untold billions in damage to crops and the nation's key mining industry. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Rising floodwaters spread through the low-lying suburb of Depot Hill in Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON
Al Ball wades across a flooded bridge on the Perry River near the town of Gin Gin on January 2, 2011. Up to 200,000 people are estimated to have been hit by the floods which have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined, wreaking untold billions in damage to crops and the nation's key mining industry. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Rising floodwaters spread through the low-lying suburb of Depot Hill in Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , An eight-year-old sea lion "Leo" writes the word "Rabbit" in Chinese characters as part of a New Year's attraction at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama in Kanagawa prefecture, suburban Tokyo on January 3, 2011. February 2011 will mark the start of the Year of the Rabbit according to the lunar calender a 12-year cycle followed by China and other parts of Asia. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO , Rising floodwaters spread across the runway of the airport at Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. TOPSHOTS NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the Fairbairn Dam spilling into the Queensland town of Emerald, illustrating the extent of flooding across the area. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the extent of the flooding in the Queensland town of Emerald. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle , A fireman hoses the foul smelling mud from the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD
Al Ball wades across a flooded bridge on the Perry River near the town of Gin Gin on January 2, 2011. Up to 200,000 people are estimated to have been hit by the floods which have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined, wreaking untold billions in damage to crops and the nation's key mining industry. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Rising floodwaters spread through the low-lying suburb of Depot Hill in Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , An eight-year-old sea lion "Leo" writes the word "Rabbit" in Chinese characters as part of a New Year's attraction at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama in Kanagawa prefecture, suburban Tokyo on January 3, 2011. February 2011 will mark the start of the Year of the Rabbit according to the lunar calender a 12-year cycle followed by China and other parts of Asia. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO , Rising floodwaters spread across the runway of the airport at Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. TOPSHOTS NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the Fairbairn Dam spilling into the Queensland town of Emerald, illustrating the extent of flooding across the area. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the extent of the flooding in the Queensland town of Emerald. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle , A fireman hoses the foul smelling mud from the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A submerged vehicle reappears covered in mud in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A trimaran (R) and another vessel (L) remain tangled in the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Mal Turner restores power to the recently flooded rowing club on the banks of the Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Police patrol a flooded street in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Emma Collinson (L) and Daryl Jensen (R) begin the clean-up of their glass and aluminium business in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD
Al Ball wades across a flooded bridge on the Perry River near the town of Gin Gin on January 2, 2011. Up to 200,000 people are estimated to have been hit by the floods which have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined, wreaking untold billions in damage to crops and the nation's key mining industry. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Rising floodwaters spread through the low-lying suburb of Depot Hill in Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , An eight-year-old sea lion "Leo" writes the word "Rabbit" in Chinese characters as part of a New Year's attraction at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama in Kanagawa prefecture, suburban Tokyo on January 3, 2011. February 2011 will mark the start of the Year of the Rabbit according to the lunar calender a 12-year cycle followed by China and other parts of Asia. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO , Rising floodwaters spread across the runway of the airport at Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. TOPSHOTS NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the Fairbairn Dam spilling into the Queensland town of Emerald, illustrating the extent of flooding across the area. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the extent of the flooding in the Queensland town of Emerald. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle , A fireman hoses the foul smelling mud from the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A submerged vehicle reappears covered in mud in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A trimaran (R) and another vessel (L) remain tangled in the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Mal Turner restores power to the recently flooded rowing club on the banks of the Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Police patrol a flooded street in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Emma Collinson (L) and Daryl Jensen (R) begin the clean-up of their glass and aluminium business in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Firefighters clean mud from the recently submerged Kennedy Bridge linking the centre of Bundaberg with its eastern suburbs as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Bruce Dalton cleans mud from the recently submerged Spinnakers bar and restaurant on the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Staff and friends clean foul smelling mud from the recently submerged Spinnakers bar and restaurant on the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Darren Kelly (L) and Caroline Fisher (R) clean foul smelling mud from the recently submerged Spinnakers bar and restaurant on the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A half-drowned brush-tail possum seeks shelter in an up-turned caravan on the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Residents of the recently flooded Riverdale Caravan Park inspect an up-turned caravan on the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Residents Greg Messenger (L) and Gary Clem (R) try to restore a flood warning sign which had been flattened by the swollen Burnett River near the town of Gin Gin on January 2, 2011. Up to 200,000 people are estimated to have been hit by the floods which have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined, wreaking untold billions in damage to crops and the nation's key mining industry. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Resident Gary Clem attempts to restore a flood damaged road sign beside the swollen Burnett River near the town of Gin Gin on January 2, 2011. Up to 200,000 people are estimated to have been hit by the floods which have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined, wreaking untold billions in damage to crops and the nation's key mining industry. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD
Al Ball wades across a flooded bridge on the Perry River near the town of Gin Gin on January 2, 2011. Up to 200,000 people are estimated to have been hit by the floods which have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined, wreaking untold billions in damage to crops and the nation's key mining industry. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Rising floodwaters spread through the low-lying suburb of Depot Hill in Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , An eight-year-old sea lion "Leo" writes the word "Rabbit" in Chinese characters as part of a New Year's attraction at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama in Kanagawa prefecture, suburban Tokyo on January 3, 2011. February 2011 will mark the start of the Year of the Rabbit according to the lunar calender a 12-year cycle followed by China and other parts of Asia. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO , Rising floodwaters spread across the runway of the airport at Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. TOPSHOTS NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the Fairbairn Dam spilling into the Queensland town of Emerald, illustrating the extent of flooding across the area. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the extent of the flooding in the Queensland town of Emerald. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle , A fireman hoses the foul smelling mud from the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A submerged vehicle reappears covered in mud in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A trimaran (R) and another vessel (L) remain tangled in the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Mal Turner restores power to the recently flooded rowing club on the banks of the Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Police patrol a flooded street in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Emma Collinson (L) and Daryl Jensen (R) begin the clean-up of their glass and aluminium business in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Firefighters clean mud from the recently submerged Kennedy Bridge linking the centre of Bundaberg with its eastern suburbs as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Bruce Dalton cleans mud from the recently submerged Spinnakers bar and restaurant on the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Staff and friends clean foul smelling mud from the recently submerged Spinnakers bar and restaurant on the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Darren Kelly (L) and Caroline Fisher (R) clean foul smelling mud from the recently submerged Spinnakers bar and restaurant on the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A half-drowned brush-tail possum seeks shelter in an up-turned caravan on the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD
Al Ball wades across a flooded bridge on the Perry River near the town of Gin Gin on January 2, 2011. Up to 200,000 people are estimated to have been hit by the floods which have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined, wreaking untold billions in damage to crops and the nation's key mining industry. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Rising floodwaters spread through the low-lying suburb of Depot Hill in Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , An eight-year-old sea lion "Leo" writes the word "Rabbit" in Chinese characters as part of a New Year's attraction at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama in Kanagawa prefecture, suburban Tokyo on January 3, 2011. February 2011 will mark the start of the Year of the Rabbit according to the lunar calender a 12-year cycle followed by China and other parts of Asia. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO , Rising floodwaters spread across the runway of the airport at Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. TOPSHOTS NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the Fairbairn Dam spilling into the Queensland town of Emerald, illustrating the extent of flooding across the area. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the extent of the flooding in the Queensland town of Emerald. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle , A fireman hoses the foul smelling mud from the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A submerged vehicle reappears covered in mud in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A trimaran (R) and another vessel (L) remain tangled in the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Mal Turner restores power to the recently flooded rowing club on the banks of the Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Police patrol a flooded street in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Emma Collinson (L) and Daryl Jensen (R) begin the clean-up of their glass and aluminium business in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Firefighters clean mud from the recently submerged Kennedy Bridge linking the centre of Bundaberg with its eastern suburbs as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Bruce Dalton cleans mud from the recently submerged Spinnakers bar and restaurant on the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Staff and friends clean foul smelling mud from the recently submerged Spinnakers bar and restaurant on the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Darren Kelly (L) and Caroline Fisher (R) clean foul smelling mud from the recently submerged Spinnakers bar and restaurant on the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A half-drowned brush-tail possum seeks shelter in an up-turned caravan on the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Residents of the recently flooded Riverdale Caravan Park inspect an up-turned caravan on the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Residents Greg Messenger (L) and Gary Clem (R) try to restore a flood warning sign which had been flattened by the swollen Burnett River near the town of Gin Gin on January 2, 2011. Up to 200,000 people are estimated to have been hit by the floods which have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined, wreaking untold billions in damage to crops and the nation's key mining industry. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Resident Gary Clem attempts to restore a flood damaged road sign beside the swollen Burnett River near the town of Gin Gin on January 2, 2011. Up to 200,000 people are estimated to have been hit by the floods which have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined, wreaking untold billions in damage to crops and the nation's key mining industry. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Julie (R) watches Al Ball (C, back) attempt to cross a flooded bridge on the Perry River near the town of Gin Gin on January 2, 2011. Up to 200,000 people are estimated to have been hit by the floods which have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined, wreaking untold billions in damage to crops and the nation's key mining industry. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD
Al Ball wades across a flooded bridge on the Perry River near the town of Gin Gin on January 2, 2011. Up to 200,000 people are estimated to have been hit by the floods which have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined, wreaking untold billions in damage to crops and the nation's key mining industry. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Rising floodwaters spread through the low-lying suburb of Depot Hill in Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , An eight-year-old sea lion "Leo" writes the word "Rabbit" in Chinese characters as part of a New Year's attraction at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama in Kanagawa prefecture, suburban Tokyo on January 3, 2011. February 2011 will mark the start of the Year of the Rabbit according to the lunar calender a 12-year cycle followed by China and other parts of Asia. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO , Rising floodwaters spread across the runway of the airport at Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. TOPSHOTS NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the Fairbairn Dam spilling into the Queensland town of Emerald, illustrating the extent of flooding across the area. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the extent of the flooding in the Queensland town of Emerald. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle , A fireman hoses the foul smelling mud from the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A submerged vehicle reappears covered in mud in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD
Al Ball wades across a flooded bridge on the Perry River near the town of Gin Gin on January 2, 2011. Up to 200,000 people are estimated to have been hit by the floods which have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined, wreaking untold billions in damage to crops and the nation's key mining industry. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Rising floodwaters spread through the low-lying suburb of Depot Hill in Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , An eight-year-old sea lion "Leo" writes the word "Rabbit" in Chinese characters as part of a New Year's attraction at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama in Kanagawa prefecture, suburban Tokyo on January 3, 2011. February 2011 will mark the start of the Year of the Rabbit according to the lunar calender a 12-year cycle followed by China and other parts of Asia. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO , Rising floodwaters spread across the runway of the airport at Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. TOPSHOTS NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the Fairbairn Dam spilling into the Queensland town of Emerald, illustrating the extent of flooding across the area. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the extent of the flooding in the Queensland town of Emerald. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle , A fireman hoses the foul smelling mud from the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A submerged vehicle reappears covered in mud in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A trimaran (R) and another vessel (L) remain tangled in the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Mal Turner restores power to the recently flooded rowing club on the banks of the Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Police patrol a flooded street in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Emma Collinson (L) and Daryl Jensen (R) begin the clean-up of their glass and aluminium business in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Firefighters clean mud from the recently submerged Kennedy Bridge linking the centre of Bundaberg with its eastern suburbs as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD
Al Ball wades across a flooded bridge on the Perry River near the town of Gin Gin on January 2, 2011. Up to 200,000 people are estimated to have been hit by the floods which have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined, wreaking untold billions in damage to crops and the nation's key mining industry. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Rising floodwaters spread through the low-lying suburb of Depot Hill in Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , An eight-year-old sea lion "Leo" writes the word "Rabbit" in Chinese characters as part of a New Year's attraction at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama in Kanagawa prefecture, suburban Tokyo on January 3, 2011. February 2011 will mark the start of the Year of the Rabbit according to the lunar calender a 12-year cycle followed by China and other parts of Asia. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO , Rising floodwaters spread across the runway of the airport at Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. TOPSHOTS NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the Fairbairn Dam spilling into the Queensland town of Emerald, illustrating the extent of flooding across the area. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the extent of the flooding in the Queensland town of Emerald. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle , A fireman hoses the foul smelling mud from the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A submerged vehicle reappears covered in mud in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A trimaran (R) and another vessel (L) remain tangled in the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Mal Turner restores power to the recently flooded rowing club on the banks of the Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Police patrol a flooded street in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD
Al Ball wades across a flooded bridge on the Perry River near the town of Gin Gin on January 2, 2011. Up to 200,000 people are estimated to have been hit by the floods which have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined, wreaking untold billions in damage to crops and the nation's key mining industry. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Rising floodwaters spread through the low-lying suburb of Depot Hill in Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , An eight-year-old sea lion "Leo" writes the word "Rabbit" in Chinese characters as part of a New Year's attraction at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama in Kanagawa prefecture, suburban Tokyo on January 3, 2011. February 2011 will mark the start of the Year of the Rabbit according to the lunar calender a 12-year cycle followed by China and other parts of Asia. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO , Rising floodwaters spread across the runway of the airport at Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. TOPSHOTS NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the Fairbairn Dam spilling into the Queensland town of Emerald, illustrating the extent of flooding across the area. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the extent of the flooding in the Queensland town of Emerald. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle , A fireman hoses the foul smelling mud from the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A submerged vehicle reappears covered in mud in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A trimaran (R) and another vessel (L) remain tangled in the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Mal Turner restores power to the recently flooded rowing club on the banks of the Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Police patrol a flooded street in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Emma Collinson (L) and Daryl Jensen (R) begin the clean-up of their glass and aluminium business in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Firefighters clean mud from the recently submerged Kennedy Bridge linking the centre of Bundaberg with its eastern suburbs as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Bruce Dalton cleans mud from the recently submerged Spinnakers bar and restaurant on the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Staff and friends clean foul smelling mud from the recently submerged Spinnakers bar and restaurant on the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Darren Kelly (L) and Caroline Fisher (R) clean foul smelling mud from the recently submerged Spinnakers bar and restaurant on the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A half-drowned brush-tail possum seeks shelter in an up-turned caravan on the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Residents of the recently flooded Riverdale Caravan Park inspect an up-turned caravan on the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD
Al Ball wades across a flooded bridge on the Perry River near the town of Gin Gin on January 2, 2011. Up to 200,000 people are estimated to have been hit by the floods which have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined, wreaking untold billions in damage to crops and the nation's key mining industry. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Rising floodwaters spread through the low-lying suburb of Depot Hill in Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , An eight-year-old sea lion "Leo" writes the word "Rabbit" in Chinese characters as part of a New Year's attraction at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama in Kanagawa prefecture, suburban Tokyo on January 3, 2011. February 2011 will mark the start of the Year of the Rabbit according to the lunar calender a 12-year cycle followed by China and other parts of Asia. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO , Rising floodwaters spread across the runway of the airport at Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. TOPSHOTS NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the Fairbairn Dam spilling into the Queensland town of Emerald, illustrating the extent of flooding across the area. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the extent of the flooding in the Queensland town of Emerald. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle
Al Ball wades across a flooded bridge on the Perry River near the town of Gin Gin on January 2, 2011. Up to 200,000 people are estimated to have been hit by the floods which have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined, wreaking untold billions in damage to crops and the nation's key mining industry. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Rising floodwaters spread through the low-lying suburb of Depot Hill in Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , An eight-year-old sea lion "Leo" writes the word "Rabbit" in Chinese characters as part of a New Year's attraction at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama in Kanagawa prefecture, suburban Tokyo on January 3, 2011. February 2011 will mark the start of the Year of the Rabbit according to the lunar calender a 12-year cycle followed by China and other parts of Asia. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO , Rising floodwaters spread across the runway of the airport at Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. TOPSHOTS NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the Fairbairn Dam spilling into the Queensland town of Emerald, illustrating the extent of flooding across the area. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the extent of the flooding in the Queensland town of Emerald. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle , A fireman hoses the foul smelling mud from the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A submerged vehicle reappears covered in mud in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A trimaran (R) and another vessel (L) remain tangled in the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Mal Turner restores power to the recently flooded rowing club on the banks of the Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Police patrol a flooded street in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Emma Collinson (L) and Daryl Jensen (R) begin the clean-up of their glass and aluminium business in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Firefighters clean mud from the recently submerged Kennedy Bridge linking the centre of Bundaberg with its eastern suburbs as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Bruce Dalton cleans mud from the recently submerged Spinnakers bar and restaurant on the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Staff and friends clean foul smelling mud from the recently submerged Spinnakers bar and restaurant on the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Darren Kelly (L) and Caroline Fisher (R) clean foul smelling mud from the recently submerged Spinnakers bar and restaurant on the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A half-drowned brush-tail possum seeks shelter in an up-turned caravan on the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Residents of the recently flooded Riverdale Caravan Park inspect an up-turned caravan on the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Residents Greg Messenger (L) and Gary Clem (R) try to restore a flood warning sign which had been flattened by the swollen Burnett River near the town of Gin Gin on January 2, 2011. Up to 200,000 people are estimated to have been hit by the floods which have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined, wreaking untold billions in damage to crops and the nation's key mining industry. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD
Al Ball wades across a flooded bridge on the Perry River near the town of Gin Gin on January 2, 2011. Up to 200,000 people are estimated to have been hit by the floods which have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined, wreaking untold billions in damage to crops and the nation's key mining industry. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , Rising floodwaters spread through the low-lying suburb of Depot Hill in Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , An eight-year-old sea lion "Leo" writes the word "Rabbit" in Chinese characters as part of a New Year's attraction at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama in Kanagawa prefecture, suburban Tokyo on January 3, 2011. February 2011 will mark the start of the Year of the Rabbit according to the lunar calender a 12-year cycle followed by China and other parts of Asia. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO , Rising floodwaters spread across the runway of the airport at Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling huge flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is to come. TOPSHOTS NO SALES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AUSTRALIA OUT AFP PHOTO / MECHIELSEN LYNDON , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the Fairbairn Dam spilling into the Queensland town of Emerald, illustrating the extent of flooding across the area. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle , This aerial photo taken on December 31, 2010 shows the extent of the flooding in the Queensland town of Emerald. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jono Searle , A fireman hoses the foul smelling mud from the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A submerged vehicle reappears covered in mud in the centre of Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD , A trimaran (R) and another vessel (L) remain tangled in the banks of the swollen Burnett River in Bundaberg as flood waters begin to recede on January 1, 2011. Floods triggered by tropical cyclone Tasha have left entire towns under water and cut off many more over an area the size of France and Germany combined. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD

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