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300,000 Claimed in Bushfires

by 5m Editor
26 February 2009, at 12:00am

AUSTRALIA - Official stock losses from this month's devastating bushfires have claimed almost 300,000 fish, most at trout farms in the Murrindindi Shire.

But the Victorian Department of Primary Industries has warned the stock toll could rise sharply, as its staff continues to assess affected properties and tally losses, writes Roslyn Lanigan and Gemma Gadd of WeeklyTimesNow.

The latest DPI figures put farm livestock losses at 10,136 sheep, beef cattle, dairy cattle, goats, poultry, horses, alpacas and pigs.

DPI state recovery manager Dwane O'Brien said recovery operations staff had visited more than 3000 farms but were yet to assess more than half of fire-affected properties.

"We're probably almost halfway through our assessments," Mr O'Brien said. "Obviously our ability to conduct those assessments depends on fire activity but we hope the bulk of that work would be done over the next month or so."


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