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World Australia's fire-hit Victoria set for major storms

08:05  19 january  2020
08:05  19 january  2020 Source:   bbc.com

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Forecasters have warned of severe storms in Australia ' s fire - hit state of Victoria , which could lead to As wet weather helped to ease the crisis, the government announced a major package to aid The Bureau of Meteorology in Victoria issued severe thunderstorm warnings for parts of the state on

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a tree next to a body of water: Heavy rains have doused many of the country's bushfires© Reuters Heavy rains have doused many of the country's bushfires

Forecasters have warned of severe storms in Australia's fire-hit state of Victoria, which could lead to flooding.

Recent heavy rains have dampened many of the country's bushfires, but also led to power cuts and road closures.

The fires, which began in September, have claimed at least 28 lives, destroyed thousands of homes and scorched millions of acres of land.

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Since June 2019, there have been many large bushfires burning across Australia , especially in the south east where a state of emergency was declared in New South Wales.

Parts of Australia ' s east coast were hit by severe storms on Saturday, dousing some of the bushfires that have devastated the region for months but Victoria , New South Wales and Queensland, three of the states most hit by drought and bushfires, are now dealing with rain bucketing down in several areas.

As wet weather helped to ease the crisis, the government announced a major package to aid tourism recovery.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government would channel some A$76m ($52m; £40m) from the national bushfire recovery fund into the industry.

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He described the package on Sunday as an "urgent injection" of funds for affected businesses, and said tourism in the country was facing "its biggest challenge in living memory".

The Australian Tourism Industry Council told Reuters news agency that damages to the industry were approaching A$1 billion. The Australian Tourism Export Council told the Australian Financial Review that the losses may go above A$4.5 billion by the end of the year.

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Victoria , New South Wales and Queensland, three of the states most hit by drought and bushfires, are now dealing with rain bucketing down in several areas. But, they also said that some firegrounds have not seen any rain yet. More benign storms were forecast for Victoria over the weekend, which

Parts of Australia ' s east coast were hit by severe storms on Saturday, dousing some of the Victoria , New South Wales and Queensland, three of the states most hit by drought and bushfires, are now Major highways were closed in Queensland on Saturday, with the state getting some of the

What's the forecast?

The Bureau of Meteorology in Victoria issued severe thunderstorm warnings for parts of the state on Sunday, saying damaging winds and heavy rainfall were expected.

It said storms and widespread rainfall were forecast in the state for the next three days.

One forecaster from the bureau said the state was "about to see it's wettest two-day period in many, many months", according to ABC News.

At least 14 fires were still burning in Victoria as of Sunday.

In NSW, where 69 fires were burning on Sunday, forecasters said widespread heavy rainfall in the north of the state would ease, as it withdrew flood warnings for the Bellinger and Orara rivers.

Officials in Queensland urged people to "exercise caution" on Gold Coast beaches, where "large water movement and significant debris" were expected after heavy rainfall on Saturday.

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