Over 200,000 affected by flooding

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People use a boat as flood waters continue to rise in Chinchilla, Queensland, Australia (AP)

More than 200,000 people have been affected by relentless flooding in northeast Australia, with the flood zone now stretching over an area bigger than France and Germany combined.

Thousands of homes and businesses across Queensland state have been inundated with water after days of pounding rain caused swollen rivers to overflow.

Queensland state Premier Anna Bligh said 22 communities are substantially flooded or isolated because roads have been cut off by water.

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