Daily US Times, Sydney: In a latest deadly bushfire racing along the Australian coast, more than 200 homes have burned down.
These homes belong to two Australian states of New South Wales and Victoria. These states have been suffering most from the current bushfire crisis.
On Tuesday, thousands of people fled to the coasts to rescue themselves as fire encircled their towns. Major roads have been blocked by fire, but in Victoria, a majo road was reopened for two hours to allow people to leave conditions have eased slightly.
But there were 112 bushfires in the NSW alone in the early hours of New Year’ Day. In Victoria, there were 45 bushfire warnings with one emergency, but later lessened to ‘watch and act’ warning.
At least 43 homes were destroyed in East Gippsland, Victoria, while another 200 were lost in New South Wales.
Authorities said, at least 43 homes were destroyed in East Gippsland, Victoria, while another 200 were lost in New South Wales in the latest fire on Tuesday.
In the early hours of New Year’s Day, another man was found in a burnt-out car. The number of fire-linked death rises to 13 now.
People are describing their ‘terrifying experiences’ of camping on wharves and boarding boats under blood-red skies. The Victorian coastal town of Mallacoota has become so unlivable that embers are tossing here and there.
Several holiday spots along the coast between Sydney and Melbourne are currently cut off by the blaze.
More than a dozen of’ emergency level’ blazes span a 310 miles stretch across two Australian states, New South Wales and Victoria. There are five people missing in these states, four in Victoria and one in NSW.
Desperate people left their homes, and isolated communities are gathering in the shores.
Victoria’s state premier Daniel Andrews said navy ships might be called upon to provide food, water and power to the cut-off townships. The main road of the region is closed off due to fire.
The bushfires in Australia have been blazing since September, and due to a surge in temperatures, winds, and dry lightning, the fire gets intense over time.
Military to be deployed
Australian military aircraft and vessels will be deployed to help firefighters in the New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Defence Minister Linda Reynolds have agreed to send military aircraft and vessels at the request of the Victorian government.
The military is expected to provide humanitarian assistance and help evacuations if needed in the coming days. Australian Defence Force will send Black Hawk and Chinook helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft and navy vessels to Victoria and NSW, the two worst-affected regions.
Canada and the US have also been asked to provide “specialist aviation resources” to help the emergency effort.