Australian bushfire: State of emergency declared in New South Wales

The huge wildfire in Australia’s most populous state New South Wales is set to worsen as the hot weather and strong winds is expected to spread the fire across the region.

Zee Media Bureau/Himanshu Kapoor

Sydney: A state of emergency has been declared in New South Wales for the next 30 days as the huge wildfire in the state rages out of control.

This will give the emergency services speacial powers to force evacuations and deal with the worsening conditions.

The hot weather and strong winds is expected to spread the wildfire in Australia’s most populous.

Australian firefighters which are struggling in dousing the massive fire in the Blue Mountains, which is the worst-hit region, are also preparing for the worsening conditions.

Over 200 houses have been destroyed in the fire which is burning for four days now. Out of the 68 fires burning across the state, 22 are said to be out of control. So far, one casualty has been reported where a 63-year-old man died of heart attack while trying to save his house from the flames.

Yesterday, the Australian military started investigation the circumstance into one of the major fire near the town of Lithgow and weather a military training exercise with explosives caused it.

The exercise took place in the region on the same day the fire started.

Also a hospital was evacuated after the threats from the bush fire and the patients have been shifted to a hospital in Sydney, where they might be kept till the worst is over.
The search for the survivors and the victims is on as the police moves deeper into the destruction zone.

Around 91,400 acres of land have already been ravaged by fire in the state in the past several days.
Wildfires, which are common in Australia, normally don’t happen in large numbers until the summer.

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