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Australia battles more natural disasters

Australia battles more natural disasters
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Fires and floods continue to batter Australia, which is experiencing a truly disastrous start to the year.

Wildfires are destroying homes and forests around Perth, with strong winds – a left over from Thursday’s Cyclone Yasi – keeping water-bombing aircraft grounded.

Yasi was one of the country’s largest ever cyclones and it is also behind major flooding in the state of Victoria. Some towns are facing their fourth flood in six months.

Around 90,000 people in the region are without electricity after storms ripped roofs off buildings, up-rooted trees and closed roads. And weather forecasters are warning there could be more to come.

In the town of Mildura, an estimated year’s worth of rain fell in a single day.

“It just started raining and just kept coming. And it came in through the air conditioner like the tap was on,” said one shopkeeper.

All this in a country still reeling from last month’s devastating floods in Queensland.