Melbourne, Jan 14 (Agencies): Thousands of homes and businesses, including those of Indians, in several parts of the Australian's Queensland state on Friday stand devastated after the worst flooding in a century left them inundated, leaving behind a disaster zone that could take months to rebuild.

The state has been home for thousands of Indian nationals living here for years and hundreds of students who have migrated to study.

It is believed that the recent floodings would have affected homes as well as businesses of many Indians living here but with no deaths reported.

 However, an owner of Brisbane-based Indian restaurant Taj Mahal, Rattan Mania said he was lucky to escape the flood wrath.

"My house is on the hill so I am not affected and we have no inundation into my property. I am lucky," she said over the phone.

But Mania had to shut down their restaurant in New Farm suburb of the city three days ago after flood alerts were heightened by the state government and they were cut off with power supply.

"We had to shut down the restaurant as we were cut off with power. We do have some Indian nationals working for us in the restaurant as well. Fortunately they are all safe,"
Mania, who has been living here for the last nine years, said.

Another Brisbane resident Manjit Boparai, editor of a Brisbane based ethnic newspaper 'The Punjab', detailed the extent of damage and said over 40 parts of Brisbane were now under water affecting thousands of homes but things were improving fast after water started to  recede.

He said the areas affected were not so heavily dominated by Indian population.

"Not many Indians are living in these parts where flooding has hit hard,' Boparai said.

Floods have hit some Indian restaurants cross the Brisbane city. Few restaurants - Punjabi Palace, Bombay Dhaba, and a Petrol Station in Oxley owned by an Indian are under water, he said.

Boparia said Indoz Sikh Community Centre was also organising Langar for the affected people in the suburb of Inala.

According to Indian High Commission, there were no reports of any casualty but the officials were in constant touch with the Australian authorities making sure the welfare of their nationals living in the affected areas. According to an employee of Sitar Restaurant in
ALbion suburb, Lisa, the restaurant was now back in business but with food industry being affected there was no surety till when.

"Though we are not inundated but food commodities are running short, we are running out of vegetables, milk and cream so we do not how long we can keep the business going," she said.

"New citizens including some student population could be staying in those affected areas," Gurmeet Singh, who called Brisbane home 20 years back.

Queensland's flood crisis have been compared to a tsunami, a nuclear explosion and an inland sea but it has brought a courage and a determination among Queenslanders to withstand it.

Already the estimate of the cost of the floods is running at between USD 10 billion and USD 20bn.