The remains of a van sit outside a home recently destroyed by bushfires in the town of Bilpin, located west of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia. (Photo: David Gray/Bloomberg)

The disastrous 2019-2020 Australian bushfire season — so far burning over 10 million hectares across southern and eastern Australia, claiming 30 lives and killing an estimated billion animals — will undoubtedly be one of the costliest on record.

As of January 24, 2020, losses from submitted insurance claims had reached $1.1 billion (AUD 1.7 billion), according to estimates by the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA), and the numbers are sure to climb.

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Danielle Ling

Danielle Ling is an experienced video journalist and business reporter. As associate editor, Danielle manages all multimedia and reports on industry news and risk-related coverage, managing all weather-related content. A University of Maryland and Philip Merrill College of Journalism alum, Danielle previously served as a video journalist for Verizon FiOS 1 News NJ, Push Pause. Connect with Danielle on LinkedIn or email her at [email protected].

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