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Australia Fire and Evacuation

13 November 2019

Australia Fire and Evacuation

Australia fires: Sydney prepares for "catastrophic" situation

 

For the first time, Australia's largest city and its surroundings face the highest level of fire alarm ever issued.

 

High temperatures and strong winds are expected to fuel bush fires, prompting Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian to declare a state of emergency for a period of seven days.

 

Dozens of uncontrolled fires in the north of the state have killed three people, destroyed more than 150 homes and forced thousands to flee.

 

In recent months, about 11,000 square kilometers - the equivalent of Jamaica or Kosovo - have been burned, according to the New South Wales Fire Departmen.

 

Such fires occur every year on the huge island-continent during the spring and summer in Australia.

 

If this start of the season is dramatic, scientists are worried for the next few months.

 

According to them, climate change and weather cycles generate high temperatures, strong winds and drought.

 

In addition to the danger of death from these fires, it highlights the health risks of the clouds of toxic smoke they emit.

 

An air quality index greater than 300 is considered dangerous for everyone, not just for vulnerable people. The level has already been exceeded in many places, including Sydney.

 

The presence of toxic smoke clouds has been reported as far as New Caledonia, nearly 1,500 kilometers across the sea.

 

Source: News.com.au

November 2019