Australia's tourism and insurance industries have already foreshadowed they face a $687 million hit each from the fires. Scores of fires were still burning on the east coast on Tuesday despite thunderstorms and rain in recent days. Officials in New South Wales issued a high fire danger rating on the state's south coast, while temperatures were forecast to rise in inland parts of Victoria state and neighbouring South Australia on Wednesday. Combined with strong winds, the hotter temperatures will potentially fan existing bushfires and spark new ones into life, leading officials to declare "extreme fire danger" in some areas. BHP said smoke and dust from bushfires had reduced air quality at its energy coal mines in New South Wales state, and if the deterioration continued "then operations could be constrained further in the second half of the year."
Source: Dhaka Tribune January 21, 2020 14:15 UTC