Sydney: Australia fire authorities have warned of “the most dangerous bushfire week this nation as ever seen” saying New South Wales – the country’s most populous state- faces an unprecedented “catastrophic” fire day on Tuesday.
Sixty fires are currently burning in across the state, 40 of which are running out of control. There are also nearly 50 fires in Queensland, and fires in Western Australia and South Australia.
Across New South Wales, three people have already died, and more than 150 homes have been razed. An extreme and persistent drought has left much of the region tinder-dry. The conditions, combined with temperatures in the high 30s and strong winds are expected to present about 1,300 volunteer firefighters from across the country with life-threatening fires on Tuesday that will be impossible to stop.
The conservative coalition government has faced consistent criticism over inaction on climate change. Carbon emissions are continuing to rise in Australia, reaching their highest ever levels last year. The government says it will meet its Paris agreement targets, but this is disputed by climate scientists.