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In Australia, about 500 firefighters were battling wildfires in eastern Australia that have destroyed up to 30 homes. 
In Australia, about 500 firefighters were battling wildfires in eastern Australia that have destroyed up to 30 homes. 
More than 40 bushfires were burning across New South Wales state. 
 
More than 100,000 hectares have burned with the small village of Rappville, population 250, among the worst affected. About 50 people sheltered in the local school overnight. 
 
Some people had been taken to hospitals with minor burns and breathing difficulties. Rain is expected across northern New South Wales on Friday.