In New South Wales, 15 people were killed, 175 houses burned down and thousands were forced to flee their homes.
Australia has seen a rise in the number of victims from powerful bushfires to 17, while four people are reported missing in Victoria, THE AP reports.
Volunteer firefighters are among the dead.
In New South Wales, 15 people were killed, 175 houses burned down and thousands of people were forced to leave their homes and move closer to the sea to escape the fires. In Konjola Park alone, 89 houses and dozens of cars were burned down on December 31
More than 100 fires were active in the state on January 1. Some roads in the region are cut by fires. The navy and aviation ships deliver water, food, and fuel to the victims of the disaster.
On Tuesday, 31 December, in the coastal town of Mallacoota, Victoria, the population – 4,000 people – were forced to move closer to the sea because of the flames approaching their homes. People settled for the night in cars, gas stations and in the premises of surf clubs, converted to accommodation centers. Dozens of houses burned down in the city, but on Tuesday evening the wind changed direction and the fires receded.
Mallacoota remains cut off by fires from the rest of Australia. Over the next two weeks, the military will provide the city with everything it needs. They will also help to transfer additional fire forces to the city.
The weather forecast promises a new heat increase in Victoria and New South Wales from Saturday, January 4, which will last for another three weeks. The situation remains fire-prone. Due to Wednesday’s smoke in Canberra’s air, the health-threatening substances exceeded the maximum allowable concentration by more than 21 times.