Brazil, Australia Devastated By Raging Floods

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People on different sides of the world have suffered through some of the worst natural disasters in their history.

Flooding has devastated homes and businesses in Brisbane, the third largest city in Australia. Massive floods and mudslides have killed more than 500 people in Brazil. Both disasters are expected to result in billions of dollars in damages.

Dramatic pictures have told the story of flooding that created deadly mudslides in Brazil. Rescue workers are bracing for more rain as they work to access areas isolated by the rivers of mud. Entire riverbanks collapsed as a month's worth of rainfall fell in just 24 hours north of Rio de Janeiro.

Thousands of residents have been stranded. Cars and trucks can be found atop or against buildings. Houses have been leveled and nearly 14,000 people have fled from their homes.

One man said his house was swept away right from under him and that it was God who saved him.

Residents used anything they could find to dig in hopes of finding their loved ones still alive. Rescue efforts have mostly turned up bodies. However, at one site -- a joyous celebration ensued as a baby was rescued.

Meanwhile, dramatic rescues have also taken place in Australia after weeks of flooding have ravaged the nation's northeast. At least 26 people have died and more than 50 are still missing

As the waters have begun to recede, Australians have received their first look at the devastation. In the city of Brisbane, home to an estimated 2 million people, more than 30,000 homes and businesses were flooded.

"It was above my head," said Bradley Coyne, who house was damaged. "Yeah, up to there at least."

June Lense canoed around her house to inspect the damage, but not much could be saved.

"I'm surprised. Because I thought we'd be able to save some stuff here on the desk," Lense said. "However, I don't know if you can quite see, the waters actually sort of gone up to around here, so even the computer, trying to think of saving that, it's going to be damaged as well."

As the Brisbane River returns to her banks, the nauseating stench of spoiled food and muck has permeated the city.

As Aussies and Brazilians mourn their dead, difficult months lie ahead as they work to rebuild their communities.

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Jennifer Wishon

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