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Australia NSW bushfires leave many struggling without insurance on their homes

13:31  14 january  2020
13:31  14 january  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

NSW bushfires leave many struggling without insurance on their homes

  NSW bushfires leave many struggling without insurance on their homes The insurance process is underway for hundreds of people across New South Wales who have lost their homes in recent bushfires — but many of those affected are only partially covered or not insured at all.But many people affected are only partially covered or are not insured at all.

The insurance process is underway for hundreds of people across New South Wales who have lost their homes in recent bushfires — but many of those affected are only partially covered or not insured at all.

The most devastating impact on humans is that bushfires have killed over 800 people since 1851.[8] In addition to loss of life, homes , properties and livestock are Psychological problems following a major bushfire appear to develop when people have a chance to stop and reflect on their experience.

The insurance process has begun for the hundreds of people across New South Wales who have lost their homes in recent bushfires.© ABC News Images The insurance process has begun for the hundreds of people across New South Wales who have lost their homes in recent bushfires.

The insurance process has begun for the hundreds of people across New South Wales who have lost their homes in recent bushfires.

But many people affected are only partially covered or are not insured at all.

Rob Sayer let the insurance lapse on his home in Jeremadra, just south of Mogo on the South Coast, because he thought the property would be safe after extensive hazard reduction burns in the surrounding bush.

"The adjoining block four years earlier had a major undergrowth hazard reduction burn, 200 acres along the western boundary," he said.

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  Fears Vic and NSW fires could merge after almost 700 homes destroyed The RFS has confirmed 672 homes have been destroyed by fires since January 1, with that number expected to rise as Damage Assessment Teams access more fire zones. Authorities also fear two massive blazes burning either side of the New South Wales-Victoria border - the Corryong fire in Victoria, and the Dunns Road fire in the Snowy Mountains region - could now merge into what is being described as a 'mega blaze'.The state control centre said it would fly an aircraft over the area to inspect how close the blazes were before they may link up, but said a heavy smoke haze was keeping planes grounded. More than 1.

Westpac has vowed to pay off the mortgages of bushfire survivors. Mallacooota in Victoria likely to benefit but not so much on NSW South Coast. It has vowed to spare owner-occupier borrowers who had lost their home from having to repay their mortgage for a year.

At least 32 homes in New South Wales were destroyed and firefighters are struggling to get the upper hand The Insurance Council of Australia has estimated at least m worth of property damage had been Firefighters try to get upper hand after NSW bushfires destroy at least 30 homes . Read more .

"It was basically clean and we were under the assumption that that might protect us."

Companies tallying economic hit from fires

  Companies tallying economic hit from fires Accommodation provider Aspen Group says it expects to take a $500,000 income hit after at its NSW south coast properties were affected by bushfires. Accommodation provider Aspen Group has forecast an income hit of at least $500,000 as bushfires wreak havoc on the NSW south coast and drive holidaymakers away. The company is the latest in a growing number of businesses to have have reported financial losses from fires in recent weeks, including fruit and vegetable grower Costa Group and Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers.

The NSW RFS has also said that leaving early is the safest option. Schools, pre-schools, and There are fears wildlife will suffer “dramatic” losses from the NSW bushfires , with growing numbers of NSW police have warned victims of the bushfire to take care when returning to homes in case of asbestos.

This article is more than 6 years old. NSW bushfires : properties destroyed, man dies amid worst fires in a decade. The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) tonight formally declared a Catastrophe for I trust that the employers of NSW will be patient with those of their staff and workers who need to get

But as the New Year's Eve fires tore through the south coast, they took down the stone-built home he constructed 40 years ago.

"I was surprised that the rocks were still up [but] I was amazed that everything else had been vaporised," he said.

The insurance process has begun for the hundreds of people across New South Wales who have lost their homes in recent bushfires.© ABC News Images The insurance process has begun for the hundreds of people across New South Wales who have lost their homes in recent bushfires.

He is now "pretty out of pocket" and living in a tent in his niece's backyard.

At the age of 63, he faces the prospect of having to rebuild.

"We're all upset obviously but it's not the end of the world, we're alive," he said.

The insurance process has begun for the hundreds of people across New South Wales who have lost their homes in recent bushfires.© ABC News Images The insurance process has begun for the hundreds of people across New South Wales who have lost their homes in recent bushfires.

"It's nice to do it [rebuild]. It's like reliving it again 40 years later [but] I feel a lot more tired these days."

Along the south coast, his is a familiar story.

Evacuation warnings in place for fires around Vic Alpine region

  Evacuation warnings in place for fires around Vic Alpine region Residents in Victoria's Alpine region have been advised to leave immediately before conditions deteriorate further as bushfires a number of bushfires burn close to homes. A blaze at Mount Buffalo is spreading into the Nug Nug area and travelling in a northerly direction up the Buffalo Valley.An Emergency Warning has been downgraded to Watch and Act for the fire at Abbeyard.To the north of that fire, residents of Buffalo Creek, Merriang, and Merriang South are also being advised to evacuate.

Yes, the insurance companies are wiser now – they suddenly realized that bushfires have a better chance of happening than they thought Is you home insured for bushfire ? Since when? Or why did you decide to not insure ? people without insurance are morons, they deserve to be homeless.

Many firefighters - particularly in the Winmalee area - were told that their homes were destroyed Elsewhere, thousands of firefighters were struggling against around 100 blazes across the state The NSW rural fire service commissioner, Shane Fitzsimmons, has said that the number of homes lost will

Ken Sloan, president of Rally for Recovery in Tomakin said people who worked in the area tended to be low-income earners who could not afford insurance.

"Friends of mine have insurance but it's probably about a quarter or half of what they should've insured their house for because they can't afford to pay the premiums," he said.

Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes said the council was "really conscious" of the issue and wanted to ensure people were able to continue living in the area.

"What we're saying to people is, 'make sure that you take your time, make sure you make really clearly informed decisions as far as negotiating your settlements'," Ms Innes said.

South coast communities want displaced people taken care of whether they are insured or not.

"These people need something right away, I mean whether it's cash handouts or not," Mr Sloan said.

A GoFundMe campaign has started for Mr Sayer and his partner Rhonda.

He said the gesture had restored his faith in humanity.

"The people's generosity has really opened my eyes and I think it's changed me for the better," he said.

Kangaroo Island bushfires destroy 56 homes, according to SA Government .
The South Australian Government has revealed more than 50 homes have been destroyed in the Kangaroo Island bushfires. Over the past three days, more than 230 properties have been assessed, with 56 homes destroyed, major damage to 10 buildings, minor damage to 18 buildings and 236 outbuildings damaged. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.

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