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All the news you need to know this Thursday,

The damage bill is rising in Townsville as floodwaters continue to recede. At least 20,000 homes have been inundated, with some suburbs still waterlogged. The Insurance Council of Australia has so far received 6,500 claims worth $80 million. The number is expected to soar to $1 billion in the coming the weeks.

READ MORE: Townsville Locals Pull Together After Deadly Floods

A lightning strike is being blamed for a house fire in Preston, Victoria. The home was gutted at about 7.30pm on Wednesday as wild storms lashed Melbourne. SES crews responded to more than 200 calls for help while thousands of homes lost power.

READ MORE: Storm Leaves Thousands Of Victorians Without Power

It’s been revealed more than 500,000 Australians are missing out on Medicare rebates worth $ 110 million. It’s simply because people haven’t provided their bank account details.

People in the town of Marysville are set to return to the oval where they found shelter from the Black Saturday bushfires exactly 10 years since the disaster. Some who escaped the fires found safety at the Gallipoli Park oval, while their town burned around them. It’s just one of many memorial events being held across Victoria to pay tribute to the 173 people who lost their lives in the 2009 disaster.

READ MORE: 'So Raw It Feels Like Yesterday': Black Saturday Remembered

Thailand is blaming Australia for the detention of refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, 25, claiming it only detained the Melbourne-based al-Araibi after an Interpol Red Notice alert was issued by Australia.

READ MORE: Thailand Blames Australia For Hakeem Al-Araibi's Plight

Bahraini soccer player with Australian refugee status Hakeem Al-Araibi. Image: AAP.

Two men have died after their Gyrocopter crashed into shallow waters in Western Australia's south. The aircraft fell about 200 metres on Wednesday afternoon and the occupants died instantly.

Australia once again has the highest rates of Melanoma in the world. The rates of the deadly skin cancer have plateaued in Australia, but are falling in New Zealand.

READ MORE: Australian Researchers Lead The Fight Against Advanced Melanoma

A runner who was attacked by a mountain lion killed the animal by strangling it to death in Colorado. The man was on a trail run on Monday when the cat pounced on him from behind and bit his face and wrist. The man also suffered puncture wounds to his arms, legs and back. Incredibly, the runner fought off the lion and managed to suffocate it before hiking to safety with his injuries. He then took himself to a nearby hospital.

Man Fights off Mountain Lion
The cat pounced on the man from behind. Image: Getty Images.

An eight-storey building has collapsed in Turkey. At least one person is dead and four others trapped underneath the debris of the structure. Emergency services are working to free people from underneath concrete slabs. The cause of the collapse is still unknown

READ MORE: One Dead, At Least Four Trapped In Eight-Storey Building Collapse

The Australian One-Day Cricket team has suffered a blow ahead of their clash with India.  Paceman Mitchell Starc is expected to be sidelined for the Indian tour due to a soft tissue injury.

READ MORE: 10 Wickets For Mitchell Starc As Australia Take World's Ugliest Trophy

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