Australian Boy, 13, Sacrifices Life for Brother in Floods

Death toll is at 25 as waters begin to recede
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2011 1:50 PM CST

(Newser) – With floodwaters starting to recede, the toll in Australia is at 25 and expected to climb given the dozens of people still missing, reports the AP. As the state's premier put it: "Queensland is reeling this morning from the worst natural disaster in our history and possibly in the history of our nation. We face a reconstruction task of postwar proportions."

As the nation assesses the damage, tales of daring rescues and heroism are emerging:

  • In Toowoomba, 13-year-old Jordan Rice is being hailed as a hero for asking rescuers to get his brother to safety first. By the time they returned to the family's submerged car, it was too late to save Jordan and his mother, reports AOL News, which rounds up local coverage. Click for more on Jordan.
  • When a helicopter owned by mining magnate Clive Palmer set out to rescue three employees near Brisbane, it noticed scores of other people trapped on roofs. It went back, again and again, and ended up saving 60 people, reports the Telegraph.
  • A photo popular on BuzzFeed shows a man carrying a small kangaroo to safety. Click for image.

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