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

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British Broadcasting Corporation

By Tim McDonald

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

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

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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.

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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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