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Heavy Rainfall Brings Some Much-Welcomed Relief to Australia

Sustainability News National Parks
by Eben Diskin Jan 16, 2020

At long last, Australia might finally be getting some relief. Thunderstorms aren’t typically welcomed with open arms, but given the devastating fires tearing across Australia these past few months, a bout of heavy rain is just what the doctor ordered.

“Although the rain won’t extinguish all fires,” said the NSW Rural Fire Service, “it will certainly go a long way towards containment.”

The thunderstorms are actually proving to be a double-edged sword. Parts of the state of Victoria were hit with three inches of rain, causing flash flooding, sinkholes, and some property damage. Over 10,000 houses in New South Wales lost power due to the storm.

More rain is forecast for the end of the week, though it’s unclear whether it will be enough to quell the fires or if it will fall in the right places.

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