Australia assesses damage while forest fires take on another life

SYDNEY: On Sunday, he was assessing the damage caused by the destructive forest fires that were still burning in the south of the country and claimed another life, which raised the death toll to 22 with hundreds of houses razed.

The states of New south Wales (NSW), Victoria and South Australia They face more than 200 fires fueled by strong winds on Saturday and temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius, reports Efe News.

The highest temperature recorded was 48.9 degrees in Penrith, west Sydney .

NSW Premier Gladys Berijiklian confirmed that one person had died due to cardiac arrest while defending a neighbor's home near Batlow town, some 460 km southeast of Sydney.

Saturday's decline led to the death toll from forest fires from September to 22, 13 of them since the last week of 2019.

Our immediate focus today is not only to contain, control and protect life, but also to focus on recovery, Berijiklian told the media here, adding that there were many displaced people.

Around 500 houses had been burned in southeastern Australia last week, bringing the number of damaged homes from September to 1,500, and with an estimated cost of more than A $ 430 million ($ 299 million).

We expect to see property damage and property destruction likely in hundreds as a result of fire activity yesterday, said NSW Rural Fire Service Chief Shane Fitzsimmons, adding that temperatures had fallen, in a breath temporary.

Fitzsimmons also expressed disappointment and frustration when he discovered through the media that the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison He announced that he would deploy some 3,000 army reservists and allocate AU $ 20 million to fight fires.

Morrison, who has been widely criticized for his lack of response to the crisis and reprimanded by some in the affected areas, was again criticized after launching a publicity video on military deployment for fires on Saturday.

Forest fires have razed some 900,000 hectares of land in Victoria, with 700,000 of those hectares razed in East Gippsland.

In the coastal city of Eden, NSW, hundreds of people were weighing the advice of the authorities to evacuate.