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Names of Australian flood victims released

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • The official death toll stood at 16 Saturday
  • Among those who died were a mother and her two children
  • Fourteen people are still missing in Queensland

Brisbane, Australia (CNN) -- Police in flood-ravaged Queensland, Australia, released on Saturday the names of many of those who died in the country's flooding, reinforcing the human loss in the tragedy.

Among those who died were Llync-Chiann Clarke, 31, and her two children, ages 5 and 12, swept to their deaths as a rescue fire truck became inundated by floodwaters on a local road. Two other people escaped.

Robert John Kelly, 30, was found dead in an upside-down vehicle in a creek, authorities said. The body of Jean Gurr, 88, who was trapped by rising water, was found in her residence.

The death toll officially stood at 16 Saturday. Queensland Police on Saturday reduced the number of missing people from 53 to 14, many of them in the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley areas.

"Credible and reliable information provided to police indicates that these people were caught up in the storm surge that swept the valley, and police hold grave fears for their well-being," the department said in a statement.

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The missing include people who were in house that collapsed or were swept from cars.

The state was digging out from the floods and taking time to remember those lost.

"The condolences of the Queensland Police Service are with the families and friends of these people," police said in a statement.

A teenager who was afraid of water drowned in the Queensland floods after begging rescuers to save his younger brother first.

Jordan Rice, 13, and his mother Donna, 43, were swept away as a wall of water hit the town of Toowoomba on Monday afternoon.

His family has hailed the youngster's selfless actions.

"Jordan can't swim and is terrified of water," his father, John Tyson, told local newspaper The Toowoomba Chronicle. "But when the man went to rescue him, he said 'save my brother first.'"

His brother, Blake, 10, survived.

Officials warned the cleanup will take months.

More than 20,000 homes were inundated after the normally subdued Brisbane River turned into a raging torrent as weeks of rain pushed it to more than 4 meters at high tide last week. Residents in Brisbane were being urged not to enter floodwaters because of the risk of illness after sewage plants along the river were inundated.

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