Brush fires in Australia, January 2020

02 Jan 2020

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Brush fires are raging through large swathes of Australia. Over 12 million acres of land have burned, with Victoria and New South Wales suffering the most loss. Mass evacuations are causing serious gridlock along escape routes. In some coastal towns isolated by the fires, people are fleeing to beaches for safety and sea evacuations. There are also fires in Queensland, Western Australia, Southern Australia, and Tasmania. Over 1,400 homes have been destroyed and 9 people killed. Over half a billion animals are believed to have perished from the fires as well. Experts warn that conditions such as high temperatures and gusty winds will worsen as the weekend approaches and the likelihood of a humanitarian disaster is increasing as water supplies are contaminated in some areas and gas, power, and water supplies are cut off by fire in others.

 

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