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World Australia Mega-Fire Doused as Torrential Rain Brings Relief

03:35  09 february  2020
03:35  09 february  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

Heaviest Rain in Decades Brings Australia Drought, Fire Relief

  Heaviest Rain in Decades Brings Australia Drought, Fire Relief Torrential rains along Australia’s east coast caused widespread power outages and property damage at the weekend, and while the downpour has doused many wildfires there are now concerns that drinking water supplies will be contaminated by the flooding. © Brook Mitchell/Getty Images SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 10: Beach erosion is seen at Collaroy on the Northern Beaches as a high tide and large waves impact the coast on February 10, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. The Sydney area experienced its wettest weekend in more than 20 years, with strong winds and torrential rain causing flash flooding across the city.

A wildfire that burned out an area eight times the size of Manhattan has been put out as torrential downpours across Australia ’s east coast brought relief to firefighters who have been battling blazes for several months.

Rain and cooler temperatures bring relief - but authorities warn of a " mega blaze" later this week. Rain has fallen in fire -ravaged parts of Australia and temperatures have dropped - but officials have warned that Sooty rain fell down the east coast, from Sydney to Melbourne, with " torrential " rain

(Bloomberg) -- A wildfire that burned out an area eight times the size of Manhattan has been put out as torrential downpours across Australia’s east coast brought relief to firefighters who have been battling blazes for several months.

a group of people flying kites on a beach near a body of water: Heavy Rain Lashes Sydney Following Months Of Drought© Photographer: Mark Evans/Getty Images AsiaPac Heavy Rain Lashes Sydney Following Months Of Drought

The number of fires still burning across New South Wales has reduced to about 40, according to the Rural Fire Service, from more than 130 at the start of the year, after parts of the state were hit with several hundred millimeters of rain in recent days.

While the downpours will be welcomed by farmers dealing with prolonged drought conditions, they brought with them the risk of flooding across many coastal areas. Sydney was forecast to receive around 100 millimeters of rain Sunday, with the deluge expected to continue into Monday.

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