Australia's weather bureau has said much of the country will face unusually heavy downpours, confirming that a La Nina weather event was under way for the third year in a row.
Authorities in Queensland issued 11 emergency alerts in 24 hours as the overall death toll from days of flooding rose to four, with two more people missing.
The Eastern Kuku Yalanji people, indigenous traditional owners, reclaim the Daintree National Park, a rainforest in northern Australia that goes back 185 million years.
Rolling, global protests reflect rising anger over police treatment of ethnic minorities, sparked by George Floyd's killing in Minneapolis after a police officer detaining him knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes as fellow officers stood by.
Students of New South Wales, the most populous state, and the northern state of Queensland began going back to school on a limited basis to lessen the risk of spreading the illness, state leaders said.
Scientists race to find a treatment, crews scrub everything from money to buses, and quarantines are being enforced from a beachfront resort in the Atlantic to an uninhabited island in the Pacific as the world fights the spread of the coronavirus.
There are still 33 fires burning in Australia's New South Wales state, but they are all at the lowest warning level of "advice" and mostly in southeastern areas where the rains are headed.
A swarm of fruit bats has taking over a small town in Australia causing havoc for locals who are considered taking their children out of school.
Local marine biologists say the annual event, off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia, could be among the biggest in recent years.
Hundreds of houses have been damaged or destroyed and more than one million hectares (2.5 million acres) of land burnt in the devastating bushfires in eastern Australia.
Authorities raise forecast for greater Sydney region to catastrophic fire danger for Tuesday, the first time the city has been rated at that level since new fire danger ratings were introduced in 2009.
Around a hundred blazes pockmark New South Wales and Queensland countryside, with around 17 of them remaining dangerous and uncontained.
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