Australia: Damage from bushfires placed at more than $11.7 million

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Bushfires in Western Australia's Perth Hills have caused damage of more than $13 million Australian ($11.7 million) and this is expected to rise further, Ninemsn reported.

The Insurance Council of Australia said insurers had received nearly 300 claims.

The ICA has declared a catastrophe to accelerate response from the insurance sector.

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