Rains Hit Australian Coal Mines

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SYDNEY—Unprecedented rainfall across large stretches of eastern Australia is hampering exports from the country's $51 billion-a-year coal industry, closing rail lines, blocking access roads, flooding mine sites and putting upward pressure on global energy prices.

A string of coal miners have announced production problems over the past month as rainfall up to five times typical levels has flooded through the Bowen Basin and Hunter Valley coal-producing regions in the eastern states of Queensland and New South Wales.

"We're seeing well-above-average rainfall throughout the state," said Brett Harrison, a senior forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology in Brisbane, which has seen ...

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