[ti:Australia to Pay ‘Whatever it Takes’ to Recover from Wildfires] [by:www.51星和彩票.com] [00:00.00]更多听力请访问51VOA.COM [00:00.04]Australia's government has promised to pay "whatever it takes" to help communities recover from ongoing wildfires. [00:12.12]Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Monday an additional $1.4 billion in government aid for recovery efforts. [00:24.24]Officials had already promised tens of millions of dollars to help rebuild from the fires. [00:33.68]About 200 wildfires have burned more than 6 million hectares of land [00:40.28]in the southern Australian states of New South Wales and Victoria. [00:47.64]At least 24 people have been killed. [00:51.28]More than 2,000 homes have been destroyed by the fires. [00:57.76]"The fires are still burning. And they'll be burning for months to come," [01:03.88]Prime Minister Morrison said, in announcing the new aid. [01:09.04]He added, "If more is needed and the cost is higher, then more will be provided." [01:17.64]The government assistance is to be used to help rebuild towns and repair infrastructure damaged by the fires. [01:28.16]Morrison said the military was now attempting to get food, fuel and water to burned-out communities. [01:38.28]Engineers were working to reopen roads and resupply evacuation centers. [01:46.44]Officials said dry conditions and strong winds were feeding more than 135 fires burning across New South Wales. [01:58.64]The fires hit earlier than usual this year after a severe lack of rain led to Australia's hottest and driest year on record. [02:10.28]Scientists partly blame global warming caused by human activity for creating a high fire danger. [02:20.92]On Monday, rain and cooler temperatures provided a short break to some communities battling the wildfires. [02:31.16]But the rain also made it more difficult for fire crews attempting to carry out controlled burning operations. [02:42.20]The latest weather was welcomed in Victoria state. [02:46.60]However, emergency officials there noted that at least 20 centimeters of rain would be needed to put out the fires. [02:57.60]That is about 20 times the amount of rain that fell during the past day. [03:04.84]Drier conditions and higher temperatures were expected to return to the area later this week. [03:13.60]"We've got big fire danger coming our way toward the end of this week," [03:19.36]Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters in Melbourne. [03:26.52]"We are by no means out of this. And the next few days, and indeed the next few months, are going to be challenging." [03:38.32]The wildfires led Australia's capital, Canberra, [03:43.00]to experience the worst air quality of any major city in the world for most of Monday. [03:50.40]Officials urged people in the city to remain indoors to avoid the thick smoke covering the area. [04:00.12]I'm Bryan Lynn. 更多听力请访问51VOA.COM