Australia: Firefighters race against time before heatwave

Times of Oman | Jan 7, 2020 at 6:39 PM
  • Australian firefighters took advantage of Tuesday’s brief drop in temperatures and much-needed rain to control catastrophic wildfires in the southeast of the country, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison prepared to meet with financial bosses to discuss the soaring costs of the crisis.
  • The government has allocated an initial 2 billion Australian dollars ($1.4 billion, €1.3 billion) for a national recovery fund to assist fire-hit communities.
  • On Tuesday, the Insurance Council of Australia increased its estimate for damages claims for the bushfires to more than 700 million Australian dollars.