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    One man died and four others were reported missing after flash floods hit the town of Alice Springs, in the heart of Australia's desert.

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    1. AV Flooded area around Alice Springs, and swollen river. (4 SHOTS) 0.32
    2. GV INTERIOR People in Alice Springs Casino where they took refuge. (2 shots) 0.43
    3. TOP VIEW Man sweeping water from doorway. 0.49
    4. SCU Woman talking about floods, talks over shots of cars stranded by flooding and flooding along main road. (SOT) (3 SHOTS) 1.35
    5. GV PAN Submerged road and bridge swept away by floods. 1.41
    6. GV Submerged excavator. 1.46
    7. GV Campsite showing flood damage. 1.49
    8. GV Floodwaters. 1.55
    TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: (SEQ 4) "Where did you sleep?"
    FLOOD VICTIM:"I didn't. I stayed up all night. There was no where to sleep."
    REPORTER:"And were people spread out all over the foyer or what?"
    FLOOD VICTIM:"Everywhere. On the stairs and... just everywhere."
    REPORTER:"And has it happened much before?"
    FLOOD VICTIM:"This is the first time I've been stranded here, but I understand it has happened before."
    REPORTER:"And did anybody try to get in?"
    FLOOD VICTIM:"Yeah. There were a few cars over there that were stranded, and then the water, and they were being washed away."
    REPORTER:"Well, Prince Charles and Princess Diana are supposed to be coming here on Sunday, how do you reckon they would have enjoyed it?"
    FLOOD VICTIM:"I don't know, I don't know that they would have enjoyed it. I don't think they would have been too impressed. We're supposed to be sunny here in Alice Springs."

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    One man died and four others were reported missing after flash floods hit the town of Alice Springs, in the heart of Australia's desert. Up to 15 kilometres (six inches) fell in the heaviest downpour for nearly ten years, and the town was virtually cut off. The flash floods created chaos with cars and people being swept away. The Todd River, which was completely dry the preceding day, rose to a height of four metres (four yards). People took refuge where they could and one woman said they had no sleep during the night. The main highway was blocked and all telephone links were cut. Electrically supplies were severed when water damaged equipment in the basement of the power station, although many large buildings had their own generators. The dead man was one of four people in a caravan on the river bank when it was swept down stream. His body was found later as the water level dropped. Over 100 people were made homeless and many had to camp out for shelter. Britain's Prince Charles and his wife, Princess Diana, were scheduled to visit Alice Springs on March 20 and a royal spokesman said they planned to go ahead with the visit. One woman, when asked about the royal visit, said she did not think Prince Charles and Princess Diana would be pleased with the rain, as the town was better known for its sunshine.


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