A tale of two floods shows the disaster gap between rich and poor

Time: So far 2011 has not treated Australia well. Vast areas of the county's northeastern Queensland state have been hit by some of the worst flooding on record. Tremendous rains--thanks in part to an unusually strong La Nina weather pattern--fell in late December, triggering floods that have affected half the state's 715,000 sq. mi. More than 200,000 people and at least 22 towns have been impacted by the rising waters, with thousands of residents forced to evacuate. Though the worst of the rain had stopped......

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