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Wild weather has broken a lot of hearts: Australia PM

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A man comforts his daughter on their roof as they inspect damage to their neighborhood in Bundaberg, Queensland on Jan. 29, 2013. Rescue and evacuation missions continued as emergency services prepared to move patients from Bundaberg Hospital to Brisbane amid fears the hospital could lose power.

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Homes are inundated with floodwater in North Bundaberg on Jan. 29, 2013. The Premier of Queensland Campbell Newman said the situation in Bundaberg remained serious, and the government was working with local authorities to ensure thousands of evacuees had access to food, water and bedding.

Reuters reportsA deluge fed by the ex-tropical cyclone Oswald has dumped more than 8 inches of rain in parts of Queensland and New South Wales over the past three days, swelling rivers and swamping towns

A fleet of 14 helicopters rescued more than 1,000 people across Queensland overnight and rescue efforts continued on Tuesday.

"Across Queensland the wild weather has broken a lot of hearts," Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said.

Among the four people killed was a three-year old boy, who died in hospital after being hit by a falling tree as he and his mother watched floodwaters in parts of Brisbane, Australia's third largest city. Read the full story.

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Sea foam is seen as walkers take to Burleigh Heads beach on Queensland's Gold Coast on Jan. 29, 2013, following wild weather caused by ex-cyclone Oswald.

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A man hangs onto the railing of North Curl Curl ocean pool in Sydney after winds and rain battered the city, producing large swells, on Jan. 29, 2013. Parts of Sydney experienced record rainfall after ex-cyclone Oswald swept through the city on Monday night.

Rains lashed towns across eastern Australia, all the way down to Sydney, creating massive flooding, churning up foam from the ocean that bewildered drivers, and stranding civilians who had to be rescued by helicopter. NBC's Sara James reports.