May 29, 2020

State of emergency declared by fires in eastern Australia

The government of the state of New South Wales, the region most affected by the forest fires that devastate eastern Australia, declared on Monday the state of emergency in anticipation that the weather conditions worsen the fires, for which three died people.

The Prime Minister of the regional government, Gladys Berejilkian, attributed the measure to the need to ensure the safety of the population in the face of flames that burned more than 150 houses.

In addition, about one hundred people have been injured, including 20 firefighters, from these fires, which escalated last Friday, according to ambulance service in the region.

More than 60 bulbs continue to burn in New South Wales, of which 40 remain out of control, the Rural Fire Service said on Twitter.

"Many of these fires will remain uncontrolled during hazardous weather conditions (predicted) for tomorrow. A danger of catastrophic fires has been declared in Sydney and the Hunte areas," north of this city, capital of New South Wales, said the emergency service.

On Tuesday, temperatures above 35 degrees are expected, with dry conditions and strong winds.

In addition to New South Wales, where fires have devastated 850,000 hectares of land since the beginning of the year, in parts of the state of Queensland in the north-west of the country, fifty forest fires have also been declared in recent days.

The fire season in Australia varies by area and weather conditions although they are generally recorded in the southern summer (between the months of December to March).

In recent years, fires in Australia – which this year has also suffered a severe drought – have increased in intensity and experts link it to the effects of climate change.

The worst fires lived in the oceanic country in recent decades occurred in early February 2009 in the state of Victoria (southeast). They caused 173 dead and 414 wounded, and burned an area of ​​4,500 square kilometers.

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