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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.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Tourists visiting a world heritage site in mountains west of Sydney were forced to take photos of a billboard showing "The Three Sisters" rock formation on Friday as smoke from bushfires blanketed the attraction.
PARIS (AFP): The hottest month, the fastest marathon, the wildest auction prices... here is a look back at 10 new records in 2019:
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Scorching heat baking Australia eased on Monday bringing relief from extreme bushfires, which destroyed around 180 houses and killed one person over the weekend, allowing firefighters to prepare for worsening conditions post-Christmas.
SYDNEY: Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited firefighters battling Australia's bushfire crisis on Sunday (Dec 22) as he apologised for a Hawaiian holiday that ended early after public outrage. Morrison toured the headquarters of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service -- whose exhausted volunteers have been struggling to contain deadly, out-of-control-blazes for months.
PERTH: Australia’s most populous state was paralysed by "catastrophic” fire conditions on Saturday (Dec 21) amid soaring temperatures, while one person died as wildfires ravaged the country’s southeast, officials said.
BARGO (Australia): A scorching heatwave intensified bushfires ravaging parts of Australia on Saturday, and out-of-control blazes surrounding Sydney worsened under "catastrophic" conditions.