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Bushfires declared a catastrophe

Waterbomber used by the NSW Rural Fire Service collects water from the Hinze Dam on Nov. 10 to fight bushfires around the Gold Coast.

A state of emergency due to raging bushfires has been declared in the Australian state of New South Wales for a week starting Nov. 11, Canstar reports. The Insurance Council of Australia has declared these bushfires as a "catastrophe," thus claims made by residents and businesses impacted would be prioritized by all insurers.

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