Sydney rains: Record rainfall brings flooding and douses fires

The Australian city of Sydney has been hit by its heaviest rain in 30 years, bringing flooding and travel chaos and forcing thousands from their homes.

The state weather agency said 391.6mm of rain had fallen in the past four days, and warned of potentially life-threatening flash floods.

About 100,000 homes have also been left without power.

But the rains have put out two of the biggest bushfires which have torn through New South Wales in past months.

The Currowan fire had burned for 74 days around the town of Shoalhaven, destroying nearly 500,000 hectares and 312 homes.

The Gospers Mountain blaze, north-west of Sydney, had been considered “too big to put out” and had been burning since October.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has warned that fire-hit areas can be particularly prone to flooding, and that fast-moving waters can carry large amounts of debris.

There are still 31 fires burning in New South Wales, but none are considered an immediate danger at present.

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