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Bushfires, cyclone, torrential rain, Australia's coasts

Bushfires, cyclone, torrential rain hit Australia’s coasts

02 February, 2020 8:13 am 8:13 am

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Severe bushfires burned through parts of Western Australia on Sunday, with other areas of the state dealing with the aftermath of a powerful cyclone, while the country’s east coast was facing potential life-threatening flash flooding. After months of destructive wildfires that have razed millions of hectares of land, Australia has been hit … Read More

Australia, celebrates, heavy rains, dampen, bushfires

Australia celebrates as heavy rains dampen huge bushfires

02 February, 2020 1:02 pm 1:02 pm

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Much of Australia’s wildfire-ravaged east coast was drenched on Friday by the biggest rainfall in almost 20 years, dousing some of the most dangerous blazes and providing welcome relief to farmers battling an extended drought. The downpour came with its own risks – officials warned of flash floods and landslides across New … Read More

Australia's capital, braces, hot, windy conditions, fuel, bushfires

Australia’s capital braces as hot, windy conditions fuel bushfires

02 February, 2020 1:02 pm 1:02 pm

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Soaring temperatures and strong winds stoked unpredictable bushfires near Australia’s capital city on Saturday, closing a major highway and prompting warnings for some residents that it was too late to evacuate. Skies along the Monaro Highway in the Australian Capital Territory turned orange-red as an uncontrolled blaze ballooned to more than 35,000 … Read More

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Floods, road closures in Australia as storms lash some bushfire-hit regions

01 January, 2020 8:34 am 8:34 am

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Parts of Australia’s east coast were hit by severe storms dousing some of the bushfires that have devastated the region for months but causing road closures and flash flooding. Fears of smoke from the fires disrupting the Australian Open tennis receded in Melbourne, where the main tournament was due to start on … Read More

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Australian tourism industry seeks urgent help as cost of bushfires grows

01 January, 2020 11:49 am 11:49 am

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s peak tourism body estimated the country’s bushfire crisis has so far cost the industry almost A$1 billion ($690 million) and called for urgent help from the government to lure back visitors. Industry bosses were due to meet with Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham later on Thursday as storms and heavy rain brought … Read More

PM Imran Khan writes to Australian counterpart, expresses grief over bushfi...

01 January, 2020 4:07 pm 4:07 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Prime Minister Imran Khan has written a letter to Australian counterpart Scott Morrison to express his grief over devastating bushfires in the country. In the letter, the prime minister said that climate change is an important issue. “All countries will have to jointly counter this crisis,” he said. He also extended … Read More

Thai elephants march in silence for Australian bushfires

01 January, 2020 2:25 pm 2:25 pm

AYUTTHAYA, Thailand (Reuters) – A troupe of elephants and school students held a silent march at a Thai elephant camp on Monday to pay their respects and raise awareness for the millions of animals killed in Australia’s raging bushfires. Elephants and their mahouts held up placards saying “Pray for Australia,” with pictures and cartoons of … Read More

Australian PM, proposes, high-powered inquiry, bushfires

Australian PM proposes high-powered inquiry into bushfires response

01 January, 2020 8:53 am 8:53 am

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – After weeks of criticism over the handling of the bushfires scorching Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday he will propose a national review into the response to the disaster, as the fires claimed another firefighter’s life. With the Australian bush burning for nearly three months now, killing 28 people, claiming … Read More

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Pakistan ready for assistance in tackling bush fires in Australia: army chi...

01 January, 2020 7:52 pm 7:52 pm

RAWALPINDI (92 News) – Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday reiterated the offer that Pakistan stands ready for any assistance in tackling the bush fires in Australia. According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Australian Vice Chief of Defence Forces Vice Admiral David Johnston AO RAN … Read More

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Australians flee again as heat and wind fan huge bushfires

01 January, 2020 10:55 am 10:55 am

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian authorities urged nearly a quarter of a million people to evacuate their homes on Friday and prepared military backup as soaring temperatures and erratic winds fanned bushfires across the east coast. Temperatures were expected to shoot well above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in several parts of the country, accompanied … Read More

Formula One world champion, Lewis Hamilton, $500,000 (382,819 pounds), rescue, care, wildlife, bushfires

F1 champion Hamilton donates $500,000 to Australian wildlife rescue

01 January, 2020 10:42 am 10:42 am

LONDON (Reuters) – Six-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton said he was donating $500,000 (382,819 pounds) towards the rescue and care of wildlife caught in bushfires ravaging southeast Australia. The Briton, who has adopted a vegan lifestyle and become outspoken on the environment, posted a clip on social media of a scorched koala being … Read More

Australia bushfires tourists putt off fires

Don’t be put off by fires, Australia tells tourists

01 January, 2020 5:44 pm 5:44 pm

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison urged foreign tourists not to be deterred by deadly wildfires that have razed large swathes and sent smoke as far as South America, even as authorities fretted about renewed dangers ahead. Morrison made the plea on Wednesday as he visited Kangaroo Island, a usually wildlife-rich tourist attraction … Read More

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Actors, popstars raise funds to support victims of Australian bushfires

01 January, 2020 12:15 pm 12:15 pm

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Actors, popstars and Britain’s royal family have stepped in to offer support for victims of Australia’s unprecedented bushfires, helping to raise millions for firefighting services and wildlife shelters. On Sunday, Australian actor Nicole Kidman pledged a $500,000 donation on behalf of her family to New South Wales state Rural Fire Service, without … Read More

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Bushfires sweep across southeast Australia, 2 more killed

01 January, 2020 9:17 am 9:17 am

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE (Reuters)  – Bushfires were burning dangerously out of control on Australia’s east coast on Saturday, fueled by soaring temperatures and strong winds that had firefighters battling to save lives and property. Authorities have said conditions could be worse than New Year’s Eve on Tuesday, when fires burnt massive tracts of bushland and forced thousands … Read More

Twelve, dead, missing, Australia, counts, cost, devastating, bushfires

Twelve dead, several missing as Australia counts the cost of devastating bu...

01 January, 2020 10:56 am 10:56 am

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A third person was confirmed dead on Wednesday in devastating bushfires that engulfed Australia’s southeast coast this week and a fourth was missing and feared dead, as navy ships rushed to provide supplies and assist with evacuations. Twelve people have now lost their lives in fire-related deaths across Australia since blazes broke … Read More