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SYDNEY (BERNAMA): Australian officials declared a state of emergency for the capital city of Canberra and surrounding regions on Friday (Jan 31), as soaring temperatures and strong winds threatened to propel a large bushfire beyond the control of firefighters.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian authorities warned on Friday of severe fire danger in densely populated areas this weekend, declaring a state of emergency in the capital, Canberra, as soaring temperatures and strong whipped up huge, unpredictable blazes.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Swathes of southeast Australia were bracing on Thursday for a days-long heatwave that threatens to stoke bushfires that have been burning for months.
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.
KUALA LUMPUR: Based on the latest monitoring by the Malaysian Meteorological Department, drought has already started in northern Kedah and Perlis, with some areas not receiving rain for several weeks, says its director-general Jailan Simon.
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.
As Australia struggles to deal with the aftermath of hundreds of bushfires, dozens of which are still burning, authorities have also warned of looters in towns where people have evacuated and scammers raising fake funds for relief.
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.