UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Forest fires that have ravaged Australia’s south-eastern coast since the start of the week left a third victim on Wednesday, another person still missing, while navy ships have come strengthen relief operations.
Twelve people, including three volunteer firefighters, died in the fires that have broken out in recent months, favored by the severe drought in many areas of the country for three years.
Several cities have been plunged into clouds of black smoke, forcing thousands of inhabitants and tourists, during this period of high summer season, to go to shelters or to flee to the beaches.
The flames ravaged more than 4 million hectares. New outbreaks occur almost daily due to scorching temperatures and winds.
The body of a 72-year-old man was found by rescuers during a search operation on the east coast of the state of New South Wales, local police said, expecting the balance sheet is getting heavier.
According to initial estimates by the authorities, some 200 homes have been destroyed in the region.
Livestock and wildlife are also greatly affected and threatened, although the country’s largest zoo, Mogo, has been preserved.
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