Australia Bushfire Death Toll Rises, 16-year-old accused of deliberately starting blaze :- Horrific bushfire conditions that have plagued New South Wales for days eased overnight, but crews today continue to battle multiple blazes in the state, while several alerts remain in place for Queensland and Western Australia.
Australia Bushfire Death Toll Rises
The death toll in the bushfires has risen to four following a man’s human body was found in the scorched forest on the NSW mid-north coast on Thursday morning, with authorities warning of worsening temperature conditions to arrive.
About 1 million hectares (2.5 million acres) of farmland and bush have been ruined by the fire in the last 7 days that was fuelled by tinder-dry circumstances and significant winds, after the several years of drought that has been exacerbated by climate change, as per the experts.
The man’s body was found late on Wednesday in the vicinity of the city of Kempsey in northeast NSW. Reportedly, he is suspected to be a 58-year old man who had not been seen since Friday. However, the man is yet to be formally identified as per the NSW Law enforcement.
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Some 300 properties have been wrecked in NSW by itself in modern days as flames stretched from the state’s north down the coast to suburban Sydney. Bushfires are widespread in Australia’s warm, dry summers, but the ferocity and early arrival of the fires in the southern spring this calendar year is quite surprising.
According to the Rural Fire Service, about 60 fires were burning around NSW on Thursday morning while being battled by more than 1,000 firefighters.
Rural Fire Service Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers told the local television channel, Seven Network, “We had a better day yesterday, only one fire got to an emergency warning, but even in these pretty benign conditions we’re seeing quite a lot of aggressive fire behaviour simply because it’s so dry. Conditions starting to warm up tomorrow, into the weekend and then heating up early next week, a return to more gusty conditions. We’re in for the long haul.”
Meanwhile, the authorities have warned of soar temperature and said that they were monitoring a fire on the outskirts of Karratha, a major gas-processing hub on Australia’s west coast. Temperatures are forecast to hit 43 degrees Celsius (109.4°F) on Thursday in nearby Port Hedland.
According to a climate outlook for the next three months released on Thursday, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said that most of the country would be drier than usual in the remaining year of 2019 and that summer rainfall was likely to be below average in parts of the east. Daytime temperatures were expected to be above average for the summer with night time temperatures also expected to be higher between December and February.
It said, “Australian climate patterns are being influenced by the long-term increasing trend in global air and ocean temperatures.”