More than 30 homes destroyed in Australian Wildfires
The wildfires in eastern Australia have destroyed nearly 30 homes. About 500 firefighters are battling wildfires as over 40 bushfires are burning across New South Wales, Australia.
After stifling heat and strong winds on Tuesday restricted the efforts of firefighting, temperatures were cooler on Wednesday.
Among the worst affected was a small village of Rappville, having a population of 250. With it burned a land of over 380 square miles (100,000 hectares).
Australian Wildfires forced about 50 people to take shelter in the local school during the night.
NSW Rural Fire Service Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers said some people were rushed to hospitals with minor burns and breathing difficulties.
The extent of the fire damage was still to be determined, said Rogers.
“We’re just making sure we know what properties are damaged or lost, people are accounted for and making those areas as safe as we can so that people who haven’t lost their homes can return,” Rogers said.
Rogers added, “The power lines are still down, a lot of trees are falling down, so there’s a lot of work to do.”
Describing it as a dangerous situation, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, “Fortunately, there’s been no loss of life, which is something always to be thankful for. But there are remaining very serious threats today.”
Rain is likely across northern New South Wales on Friday.