Sunday, 19 Jan 2020

Australasia

Australia’s fire-hit Victoria set for major storms

Forecasters have warned of severe storms in Australia’s fire-hit state of Victoria, which could lead to flooding. Recent heavy rains have dampened many of the country’s bushfires, but also led to power cuts and road closures. The fires, which began in September, have claimed at least 28 lives, destroyed thousands of homes and scorched millions […]

Storms lash some of Australia’s fire-hit regions

Heavy rains and thunderstorms have lashed parts of Australia’s east coast, dousing some of its fires but bringing a new threat of flooding to some areas. There have been downpours in the states of Victoria, New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland, which have all been badly hit by the bushfire crisis. Major roads were closed […]

Tourism industry takes €619m hit due to fires

The main tourism body in Australia has estimated the country’s bushfire crisis has cost the industry A$1bn (€619m) and called for urgent help from the government to lure back visitors. Industry bosses were due to meet Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham as storms and heavy rain brought some respite from months of fierce bushfires across Australia’s […]

Murdoch’s son criticises wildfires media coverage

Rupert Murdoch’s son James has said he is “disappointed” with the ongoing “denial” in his father’s news outlets as Australia’s wildfires burn. James and his wife Kathryn Murdoch told The Daily Beast of their frustration with News Corp and Fox coverage of the climate issue. Murdoch columnists have described linking the fires to climate change […]

Employee attacks Australia fires media coverage

An employee of Australian media organisation News Corp has lashed out at the company for “irresponsible” coverage of the current bushfires engulfing parts of the country. News Corp owns The Australian, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and the Herald Sun. Emily Townsend, a commercial finance manager at the organisation, said coverage of the crisis had diverted attention […]

Almost 2,000 homes destroyed in Australian fires

Almost 2,000 houses have been confirmed destroyed in Australia’s months-long bushfire crisis, as crews prepare frantically for more forecast danger. After ferocious conditions last week, firefighters are using milder weather to boost containment lines around fires engulfing south-eastern Australia. Temperatures are likely to soar again on Friday, prompting fears that two fires could form a […]

Nine dead, thousands forced to evacuate homes after flash floods

Flash floods inundated swathes of Indonesia’s capital and nearby towns after torrential rainfall, killing at least nine people and forcing thousands of people to evacuate. “As of 4pm today, there are 19,079 displaced residents who have been evacuated at temporary shelters throughout Jakarta,” said governor Anies Baswedan. “The rain in Jakarta has stopped, now we […]

Race to flee ‘leave zone’ as bushfire threat looms

Thousands of people are fleeing a vast “tourist leave zone” in Australia amid forecasts of ferocious bushfire conditions in coming days. Since September, Australia’s bushfire crisis has killed at least 18 people and destroyed more than 1,200 homes. The crisis escalated again this week, as blazes tore through communities in New South Wales (NSW) and […]

Sydney mayor defends New Year’s fireworks

Sydney’s Lord Mayor has defended the decision to press ahead with the city’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display, despite calls it should have been cancelled due to the bushfire crisis. Speaking earlier on Tuesday, Clover Moore said the celebration would “give hope to people”. Parts of Australia have been ravaged by bushfires intensified by high […]

Australia to send in military as fires rage

Australian military aircraft and vessels will be deployed to help emergency services in the fire-ravaged states of New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria. Thousands of people fled to beaches in the south-eastern states on Tuesday as emergency-level fires spread. In Mallacoota, Victoria, around 4,000 people sought shelter on the coast. Two more people have been […]