Australia's summer bushfire smoke killed 445 and put thousands in hospital, inquiry hears


At least 80% of population was affected and health costs are estimated at $2bn

Smoke from the Australian bushfires of the 2019-20 summer caused an estimated 445 deaths and put more than 4,000 people in hospital, a royal commission has heard.

Eighty per cent of the Australian population was affected by smoke from the fires, which burned in six states across six months.

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Source: The Guardian - Natural disasters and extreme weather