Australia fires: The huge economic cost of Australia's bushfires

Source(s): British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

By Tim McDonald

Australia is facing a massive bill from unprecedented, deadly fires that have burned an area bigger than Belgium.


And one analysis suggests disruptions caused by the fire and smoke haze could cost Sydney as much as A$50m a day.


The director of the Fire Centre Research Hub at the University of Tasmania, Prof David Bowman, has labelled them "absolutely transformative and unprecedented" and said they underscored a need for governments to rethink how they approach fires.


Prof Bowman told the BBC the health bills from the current fires will run into the hundreds of millions of dollars.


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