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Australia welcomes drought-easing drenching, even as it brings floods

Sydney, AustraliaReuters The east coast of Australia welcomed the heaviest drenching in years on Friday, dousing some of the country’s most damaging and long-running wildfires and easing a drought that has crippled farming across two states. Sydney alone had seen more than 60 millimetres of rain in the past 24 hours and was forecast to […]

Australian tourism industry seeks urgent help as cost of bushfires grows

Australia bushfires injured kangaroo

Melbourne, AustraliaReuters Australia’s peak tourism body estimated the country’s bushfire crisis has so far cost the industry almost $A1 billion and called for urgent help from the government to lure back visitors. Industry bosses were due to meet with Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham later on Thursday as storms and heavy rain brought some respite from […]

Australia rains: Dancing in the street, not so much down on the farm

SydneyReuters The heaviest rains in years have fallen across parts of Australia’s east coast, bringing relief to some struggling livestock farmers, although the showers are not likely to break a drought that has crippled the country’s grains sector.  Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said some parts of the state of New South Wales received nearly 100 […]

Churches struggle as extended drought in Africa leaves millions in need

Drought in Africa

An unfolding drought in Africa is threatening hunger for tens of millions of people in the horn, eastern and southern parts of the continent. The drought – linked to climate change – has become persistent in recent times – weighing down on churches, as hunger strikes at the core of their congregations. Already, some priests […]