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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday he wants greater federal powers during natural disasters, as authorities warned bushfires ravaging the country for months were sweeping through a national park near the capital.
GENEVA (Reuters) - Last year was the second-hottest year since records began, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Wednesday, adding that heat was likely to lead to more extreme weather events like the Australian bushfires in 2020 and beyond.
PETALING JAYA: The Department of Environment (DOE) will deploy drones to monitor fire-prone areas as Malaysia prepares to face a hot and dry season, especially in northern peninsular Malaysia, in the months ahead. Fifteen drones will be deployed in 15 areas in Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Perak, Kuala Lumpur, Negri Sembilan, Pasir Gudang in Johor, Kota Baru and Gua Musang in Kelantan, Terengganu, Kota Kinabalu and Labuan in Sabah, Pahang, Miri in Sarawak and Selangor.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian authorities began assessing the damage on Sunday from heatwave-spurred bushfires that swept through two states a day earlier, as cooler conditions provided a temporary respite from blazes that have scarred the country's east coast for weeks.
BATEMANS BAY/SYDNEY: Authorities urged Australians on Friday (Jan 1) to evacuate parts of the eastern states of Victoria and New South Wales to escape bushfires they fear are set to burn out of control this weekend.
SYDNEY (AFP): Thousands of tourists have been given less than 48 hours to evacuate fire-ravaged coastal communities as Australia braces for a weekend heatwave expected to fan deadly bushfires. Catastrophic blazes ripped through the country’s south-east on New Year’s Eve, killing at least eight people and stranding holidaymakers.
MELBOURNE: Around 100,000 people were urged to flee five Melbourne suburbs on Monday evening (Dec 30) as Australia's spiralling bushfire crisis killed a volunteer firefighter battling a separate blaze in the countryside.
SYDNEY (AFP): A petition to cancel Sydney's famous New Year's Eve fireworks and use the money to fight bushfires ringing the city has topped 260,000 signatures, but officials say the show will go on.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Residents of two small communities in the southern Australian state of Victoria were told to evacuate on Saturday, as a bushfire burned out of control nearby and as temperatures were set to rise.