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After deadly fires, Australia hit by flash floods

January 19, 2020 05:18 AM

After deadly fires, Australia hit by flash floods

An aerial view of flooded fields in Gold Coast. Rain lashed parts of Australia on Saturday as bushfires raged in others. AP


Melbourne : 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 causing road closures and flash flooding. 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.

Despite the heavy rain, authorities were still battling nearly 100 blazes -- part of the bushfires that have killed 29 people since September, destroyed more than 2,500 homes and scorched an area nearly one-third the size of Germany. Major highways were closed in Queensland on Saturday, with the state getting some of the heaviest rain Australia has seen for months, while power was cut in parts of New South Wales after a stormy night. “Heavy, intense rainfall has eased, but showers and thunderstorms still possible through the weekend,” the Bureau of Meteorology in Queensland said on Twitter on Saturday.

“Take care on the roads - if it’s flooded, forget it.”

Parts of Queensland’s south saw triple the monthly rainfall overnight. No major damage has been reported, although some residential areas were flooded and many of the state’s parks and tourist attractions were closed.

New South Wales fire services said on Twitter that rain will help to control the fires

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