Australia Fires: Storms wreak damage but bushfires ‘far from over’

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There are heavy rains in the fire-affected regions of East Australia because of the storms but authorities inform that the country’s bushfire crisis is yet far from over. Despite of the rains in the region, more than 80 blazes were still burning across New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria. Melbourne and Canberra have been hit by heavy storms, with hailstones that are as big as golf balls falling in some areas.

Many emergency calls were made as hailstones literally hit the office windows and car windshields in the Canberra- the country’s capital. There are however forecasts of severe storms in Sydney as well as Brisbane. There was heavy rainfall and floods Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland in the recent days which brought relief to some bush fire zones. But strong winds have produced dust clouds, momentary blacking out the sky in New South Wales towns such as Orange and Dubbo.

Since September 2019, bush fires have killed more than 30 people and has destroyed over 2,000 homes as well as burnt approximately 10 million hectares of land. Dozens of towns in south-east Australia are still spinning from fires which have been described as the most destructive among all.