Sydney: In Australia, the death toll rose to 22 after another person died in a forest fire on Saturday. Till now hundreds of houses have been burnt to ashes, after which the administration is assessing the damage caused by the fire. The fire is still burning in the forests in the southern part of the country. In South New Wales (NSW), Victoria and South Australia provinces, fires have intensified on Saturday with temperatures exceeding 40 degrees. The highest temperature was recorded at 48.9 degrees Celsius in Penrith in western Sydney.
Gladys Beriziklian, Premier of NSW, confirmed that one person died of a heart attack near Batlo town, about 460 kilometers southwest of Sydney. He was extinguishing the fire in his neighbor’s house. With this, the number of deaths from wildfires has increased to 22 since September. Of these, 13 people have died since the last week of 2019. “Today, our focus is not just to control the fire and save people, but also to compensate for the loss,” Beriziklian told reporters here.
In southeastern Australia, around 500 homes burned to ashes last week. With this, the number of houses destroyed by fire has increased to 1,500 since September and is estimated at 43 million Australian dollars (299 million dollars). Shane Fitzsimmons, head of the NSW Rural Fire Service, said, “We think the fire destroyed hundreds of homes yesterday (Saturday).” He said the temperature had dropped, which is a temporary relief.