Heavy rain extinguishes third of fires  in NSW, Australia

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Torrential rain across the east coast of Australia has extinguished a third of the fires in the region – and could put more out, officials say.

A wide band of rain sweeping New South Wales (NSW) has put out 20 of about 60 fires in the state in the past day.

Authorities have welcomed the downpour but warned of flash flooding in Sydney and other cities along the coast.

Rainfall in the Liverpool Plains region of New South Wales
Liverpool Plains farming neighbors James Purshouse (L) and Jock Tudgey pictured on Jock’s property in Newhaven, in the Liverpool Plains region of New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Farmers in NSW, who are battling an extended drought, welcomed the rainfall after months of devastating bushfires in the country. EPA-EFE/PETER LORIMER AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Some of the affected areas had received the most rain recorded in over a year, said the Bureau of Meteorology.

Australia’s largest city, Sydney, recorded its wettest day in over 15 months on Friday. Many locals cheered on the downpour despite the inconvenience.

Much of NSW has been in drought for over three years, and such conditions have fuelled the intensity of the summer’s unprecedented fires.


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