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Australia fires: Seven dead, hundreds of homes destroyed

Australia fires: Seven dead, hundreds of homes destroyed

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Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Bushfires raging in eastern Australia have killed at least seven people and destroyed more than 200 properties since Monday, authorities said. Firefighters in New South Wales have been battling blazes for months during a prolonged fire season and as of early Wednesday, more than 2,500 firefighters were trying to contain 112 fires that burned throughout the state, several large and dangerous, the NSW Rural Fire Service said. NSW police said three bodies were found Wednesday morning, increasing the death toll to seven in the past three days. Among the victims are two people who were found in separate vehicles, a father and son who were found dead on their property, two bodies found separately outside and a volunteer firefighter who died when the truck he was riding in flipp...
Australia fires: Fires worsen as every Australian state hits 40C

Australia fires: Fires worsen as every Australian state hits 40C

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Scores of fires are burning out of control across Australia amid a heatwave that has seen temperatures exceed 40C (104F) in every state.The most dangerous fires on Monday were in the state of Victoria.About 30,000 residents and tourists were urged to flee East Gippsland - a popular holiday region - but evacuations were later deemed too risky as fires encroached on major roads.A volunteer firefighter died battling a blaze in the state of New South Wales.The state's premier, Gladys Berejiklian, described the death as "heartbreaking". "Words fail at times like this," she wrote on Twitter. Two others were taken to hospital with burns after battling the blaze, east of the city of Albury. It is believed their truck rolled over after b...
‘My little boy buried a tree before he died – now the fires have taken it’

‘My little boy buried a tree before he died – now the fires have taken it’

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By Katerina Vittozzi, Sky News correspondent, in Australia The Australian bushfires have taken so much from so many.In New South Wales, around 1,000 homes have been destroyed. In Clarence, a hill-top town in the Blue Mountains, we saw people scrabbling to retrieve what possessions they could. Image: Around 1,000 homes have been destrroyed by the fires in Australia Homes have no power and no water.Some places are still too dangerous to return to. Advertisement But what this weekend's fire took from Evonne Balcar feels especially cruel. Her son Arthur was diagnosed with cancer aged 18 months. M...
Australia fires: PM Morrison apologises for US holiday amid crisis

Australia fires: PM Morrison apologises for US holiday amid crisis

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has apologised for going on holiday in Hawaii this week while the nation's bushfire crisis worsened.Fires are raging across the nation amid a heatwave which has produced the nation's two hottest days on record.Two volunteer firefighters died in a road accident on Thursday while deployed to a huge blaze near Sydney.Mr Morrison said he would end his leave early. His absence this week has drawn condemnation and protests."I deeply regret any offence caused to any of the many Australians affected by the terrible bushfires by my taking leave with family at this time," he said on Friday.Australia's bushfire emergency has killed eight people, destroyed more than 700 houses and scorched millions of...

US-Afghan army convoy fires flares, hits drivers on road

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A local witness and the US mission in Afghanistan say a joint US-Afghan military has fired flares at several civilian vehicles, causing the cars to catch fire and injuriesByThe Associated PressNovember 9, 2019, 10:14 AM1 min read A local witness and the U.S. mission in Afghanistan say a joint U.S.-Afghan military convoy has confronted several civilian vehicles with flares, after a confrontation on the road. The U.S. forces statement says Saturday that American troops released flares as a deterrent after making several attempts to wave the drivers off the road, but didn't aim at the vehicles. It said U.S. forces were trying to stop the vehicles from approaching the convoy in eastern Laghman province Friday night and didn't see any damage immediately to the vehicles. Imad Dawran, a witness t...