Australian Prime Minister To Launch Inquiry Into Handling Of Wildfires

Australia is committed to billions of dollars in recovery

Australia is committed to billions of dollars in recovery

Bushfires flared in southern Australia on Thursday as a heatwave expected to bring renewed misery set in, and officials warned some areas are "just at the beginning" of the devastating crisis.

On Kangaroo Island in South Australia, the town of Kingscote has been cut off by the fires. He was lambasted for taking an unannounced pre-Christmas vacation to Hawaii amid the crisis and was heckled by locals when, on his return, he toured a bushfire-ravaged community.

Since significant fire activity is expected in the coming days, Victoria officials have extended a state of disaster for another 48 hours.

The fires have claimed 28 lives and destroyed almost 2,000 homes as well as millions of acres of pasture and wildlife.

Regarding policies to deal with the effects of the climate crisis, Morrison said during the interview that the government would continue efforts to achieve its emissions reduction targets, without elaborating further. Whoever can, must keep the spot, claims Andrew Crisp, your head of catastrophe security when you look at the Australian condition of Victoria, Friday.

The severe conditions have been fuelled by a prolonged drought and worsened by climate change, with experts warning that such massive blazes were becoming more frequent and intense.

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Sitting under the town's watchtower, another resident Robyn Malcolm said: "If it all goes wrong, we'll dash down to the wharf and get on a tugboat". "Working on the fire ground in a forest environment is a dynamic, high-risk environment and it carries with it significant risk".

Since September, the unprecedented bushfires have swept through an area larger than MA and New Hampshire combined. "Fingers crossed", the NSW Rural Fire Service said on Twitter.

Mick Roberts from Buchan and Maramingo Creek man Fred Becker were also killed in the fires at East Gippsland on New Year's Day.

- Morrison pledged $ 2 billion ($ 1.4 billion) to a newly created National Bushfire Recovery Agency.

In the alpine region on the border of the southeastern states of Victoria and New South Wales, two fires were poised to merge and create a blaze over nearly 600,000 hectares (1.5 million acres). The human death toll stands at 25. That includes mammals, birds and reptiles directly killed by the fires or indirectly through loss of habitat.

Sheep graze in a field shrouded with smoke haze near at Burragate, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. He was also filmed turning his back on a pregnant woman as she appealed for more resources. The fires are so large that they generate their own weather systems and cause dry lightning strikes which in turn ignite more flames.

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