Finally Australia gets blessed with rains!

Finally Australia gets blessed with rains!

7 January 2020 10:09 am

Rain has fallen in fire-ravaged parts of Australia and temperatures have dropped.

Sooty rain fell down the east coast, from Sydney to Melbourne, with "torrential" rain reported in some parts of New South Wales (NSW). 

Officials said temperatures would soar again by Friday.

The Insurance Council of Australia said there had been almost 9,000 claims, amounting to A$700m (£369m), for fire-related damage and destruction since the blazes began in September. Australia's Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told ABC it was "too early to tell" what the full economic impact of the fires would be.

Twenty-five people have died since September and more than 1,500 homes have been destroyed.

Most have now left: some to their homes as the fire threat eased, others to evacuation centres in bigger towns after authorities warned the wharf wasn't a safe option. The rain is a welcome surprise, and has given some respite from the smoke-filled air.