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Bush fires in New South Wales: Two Australians die in the flames

            

              
              
                

            

              

In eastern Australia, firefighters fight devastating bushfires. In a burnt-out car, helpers discover the body of a man. A woman succumbs to her burn injuries. The authorities fear further deaths.

              

The bushfires in eastern Australia have lost at least two lives. The number of victims could still increase, said the fire department of the state of New South Wales. At least seven other people are still missing.

About three dozen people were injured, including 19 firefighters. In addition, more than 100 houses have been destroyed, the authorities reported. The weather forecast does not bode well: it should remain dry and windy.

In the fire region around 550 kilometers north of Sydney, firefighters at Glen Innes had recovered the body of a man from a burnt out car, the fire brigade said. A woman who was initially rescued from the same fire later succumbed to her injuries in the hospital.

Fatality in the Fire Zone

On Saturday morning (local time), firefighters still fought 72 individual bushfires of varying sizes – in New South Wales. Of these, 18 fires were out of control, it said. More than 1000 firefighters are in action. The authorities released a video of emergency response crews driving through the fire zone:

"This shows the dangerous conditions firefighters and residents are facing," the statement says. The photos were taken around Hillville near the village of Taree, about 250 kilometers north of Sydney. For residents of the affected regions, the authorities published a map showing larger bush fires. The mass of fires rages in the coastal hinterland between Sydney and Brisbane.

Several bushfires have also been reported from the northeastern state of Queensland. Biting smoke makes it difficult for residents to breathe. Even in the regional metropolis of Brisbane, the smoke veil darkened the sky. In the southern hemisphere, the warmer six months have just begun.

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