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The impact of Queensland's floods on telecommunications carriers is spreading. Around 6pm on Wednesday, Internode posted an advisory that its Queensland network was now isolated.

"Unfortunately, the worst case scenario has been realised. The remaining inter-capital path has been severed", the advisory stated. "In the short term all Internode services in QLD will be unable to reach any domestic or international destinations."

It is, however, possible that equipment failure, rather than a fibre cut, is the cause. This would at least enable an earlier restoration of service.

With the inundation area expanding (disaster declarations now approximate twice the size of Texas, and the Queensland Government now expects 20,000 homes to be affected), more networks and carrier data centres are likely to suffer. Searches are continuing in the Lockyer Valley west of Brisbane for people still missing, and the death toll in the floods has risen to 12.

Update At around 7pm Sydney time, Internode issued an update that it had restored one link, but still had no redundancy.

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