Australia: Rain at last

Rains hit Australian coast, bringing relief to drought and fire-ravaged regions.


World News

February 7, 2020 - 2:19 PM

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Heavy rains lashed parts of the wildfire and drought-stricken Australian east coast on Friday, bringing relief to firefighters still dealing with dozens of blazes in New South Wales.

New South Wales is the state hardest hit by wildfires that have killed at least 33 and destroyed more than 3,000 homes in an unprecedented fire season that began late in a record-dry 2019.

“The rain is really good for quenching some of these fires we’ve been dealing with for many, many months,” said NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons

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