21 Jan 2011

Queensland focusing on recovery effort

9:26 pm on 21 January 2011

Queensland is officially in flood recovery mode, after what has been described as the worst disaster the Australian state has experienced.

Since the start of December, 33 people have died in floods and nine are still unaccounted for.

The state's disaster management group has been wound up after weeks of flooding, the ABC reports.

Premier Anna Bligh says the focus now is on the enormous recovery.

"For some people, it's going to be a reasonably straightforward process of getting a builder, getting a cabinetmaker, replacing the kitchen and the bathroom and then getting on with their lives.

"For other people, their homes are not going to habitable ever."

Deputy police commissioner Ian Stuart says authorities still have a big job ahead, including in the Lockyer Valley, where the search for missing people is continuing and could take months.