All of the bushﬁres in New South Wales (NSW) are now considered contained, declared ﬁre ofﬁcials in the Australian state.
“Not all ﬁres are out, there’s still some ﬁre activity in the far south of the state, but all ﬁres are contained so we can really focus on helping people rebuild,” they said. This was achievedby the heavy rain, which has lashed the state since last weekend. However, the severe storms led to ﬂash ﬂooding. A 75-year-old man has died in Queensland. A 26year-old woman has also been reported missing and the search for her is being impeded by the poor conditions. Record rainfall was registered in Sydney. Sydney’s dams reached their highest total since April 2018.
Flood warnings have been issued for NSW and for southern Queensland. Further storms are expected along the east coast over the next few days and winds of up to 130km/h were predicted. Australia has always had a ﬁre season, with naturally occurring blazes sparked during the dry summer season. But this year’s season has been unprecedented in the scale and intensity of the ﬁres. An area comparable to the size of England – has been affected across all states and territories.