The bushfires razing Australia’s drought-stricken east coast have been declared a catastrophe by the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA), which means insurance claims from the fires will be given priority by all insurers.
The bushfire catastrophe declaration, the fourth made this year, is for communities in northern New South Wales affected by more than 70 fires that have reportedly destroyed more than 150 homes, claimed three lives, and injured dozens since Friday.
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