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More rain expected for Australian flood hit towns

More heavy rain is forecast for eastern Australia, threatening flash floods for communities where hundreds of homes are already under water.

Forecasters predict central and southern Queensland will be worst hit by the latest deluge which will last into the weekend.

In the city of Rockhampton about 500 homes were evacuated as the Fitzroy river peaked at 9.2m (30ft).

Queensland's Deputy Police Commissioner Ian Stewart says the rain has had an effect on the confidence of flood hit communities.

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