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This photo from the Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia shows a bushfire raging near a home in Roleystone, Perth. AP Photo/FESA, Evan Collis
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In photos: Australia's summer of disasters

Australia has been struck by tropical storms, heavy flooding and bushfires over the past two months.

AS EASTERN AUSTRALIA RECOVERS from last month’s heavy flooding and last week’s category-5 cyclone, Perth in the west is tackling serious wildfires which have destroyed dozens of homes.

The Lord Mayor of Perth has opened an appeal to assist the victims of the fires as officials have been reading lists of homes which have been destroyed or damaged in the fires.

Police have closed off bushfire zones, but residents in some areas have been allowed to return to their homes, according to WA Today.

The fire is believed to have started by sparks from someone using an angle-grinder and has now been contained.

In the north-east of Australia, people are still surveying the damage caused by Cyclone Yasi last week, which destroyed over 150 homes. ABC News reports that another 651 houses are uninhabitable, 2,275 suffered some damage, and about 55,000 homes are still without power.

Queensland suffered heavy flooding throughout late December and January after heavy rains fell for weeks in the region.

Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes and some towns and cities are still cleaning up. Today, a huge sinkhole opened up in Brisbane, according to the Courier Mail, and is believed to have been caused by the recent floods.

In photos: Australia's summer of disasters
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  • Cyclone Yasi

    NASA image of Cyclone Yasi approaching Queensland on 2 February. (AP Photo/NASA - Jeff Schmaltz)
  • Cyclone Yasi

    Two women survey the damage in Tully, Australia on 3 February, 2011, after Cyclone Yasi brought heavy rain and howling winds gusting to 186 mph (300 kph). (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
  • Cyclone Yasi

    A beach-side house is destroyed in Tully Heads, Australia, 5 February, 2011, after Cyclone Yasi. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
  • Queensland Flooding

    An entire shopping mall lies submerged outside Ipswich, west of Brisbane, Australia on 12 January, 2011. (AP Photo)
  • Queensland Flooding

    Floodwater turns Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium into a giant swimming pool on 12 January, 2011. (AP Photo)
  • Queensland Flooding

    Debris floats down the river under the Story Bridge in Brisbane, Australia, 13 January 2011. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)
  • Queensland Flooding

    Flood damaged housegoods on Fairfield Road in Yerong, Brisbane on 15 January, 2011. (Demotix/Press Association Images)
  • Queensland Flooding

    A man is rescued by emergency workers after he was stranded clinging to a tree on a flooded street in Toowoomba, Australia, during a flash flood Monday, on 10 January, 2011. (AP Photo/ABC)
  • Queensland Flooding

    A man watches as water flows past in Toowoomba, Australia, during a flash flood 10 January, 2011. (AP Photo/ABC)
  • Perth Fires

    Emergency crews refill their water tanks to drop on the fires from the air. (Image: @BruinMedia on Twitter)
  • Perth Fires

    Bushfires in Armadale, Perth. (Image: @JustinLee76 on Twitter)
  • Perth Fires

    In this Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, photo provided by the Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia, Gosnell bushfire brigade battles a fire at the rear of a house in the Perth, suburb of Roleystone. (AP Photo/FESA, Evan Collis)

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