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Three dead amid Australia’s massive bushfires

International Desk | banglanews24.com
Update: 2019-11-10 11:48:06 AM
Three dead amid Australia’s massive bushfires
Australia bushfires

At least three people are dead and thousands have been displaced by a weekend of bushfires in Australia.

On Sunday, the fire emergency's third day, more than 100 blazes were still burning across New South Wales and Queensland.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said the military could be called upon to support the 1,300 firefighters working in the two states.

Hundreds of civilians have also volunteered to help in affected areas.

"My only thoughts today are with those who have lost their lives and their families," Mr Morrison added.

In Queensland, thousands of people spent the night in evacuation centres while officials assessed whether it was safe for them to return home.

Fire officials in NSW have confirmed that more than 150 homes have been destroyed.

Although cooler weather on Saturday night provided some reprieve, it is feared that high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds forecast from the middle of the week will fuel further fires that officials will be unable to contain.

"Under these conditions, these fires will spread quickly and threaten homes and lives," NSW Rural Fire Service said in a statement.

"These conditions will be as bad, if not worse, than those experienced on Friday as they will be across a much broader area including large population centres like Sydney."

Source: bbc.com

BDST: 1145 HRS, NOV 10, 2019
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