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Heavy rains dampen fires in Australia's Queensland state, cause flooding

  • Published at 09:28 am January 26th, 2020
Australia
Bushland is seen burnt by fire as rain pools in large puddles at Bilpin, in the Blue Mountains, Australia on Friday, January 17, 2020 Collected

More rain expected over the coming days

Australia’s bushfire-stricken state of Queensland saw heavy rainfalls on Sunday dampening some of the fires that have razed 2.5 million hectares (1.2 million acres) of land since September, but the wet weather caused major flooding.

Some areas received a quarter of the annual average rainfall, according to Reuters’ calculations, with the state’s Bureau of Meteorology saying coastal areas experienced up to 160 millimeters (6.3 inches) of rain in the 24-hour period to 9 am on Sunday.

“More rain expected over the coming days,” the bureau said on Twitter.

Several people were rescued from floodwaters and some bridges and causeways were closed, but no severe damage had been reported.

Recent rains across drought-hit Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales states have substantially dampened many of the hundreds of bushfires that have burnt an area nearly the size of Greece and killed 33 people and millions of animals since September.