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Australia bushfires: Three dead and thousands forced from homes

November 10, 2019 1:14 pm

At least three people are dead and four missing in “unprecedented” bushfires in Australia.

On Saturday, the fire emergency’s second day, officials warned the death toll was likely to continue to rise.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the military could be called upon to support the 1,300 firefighters currently tackling about 100 blazes.

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Hundreds of civilians have also volunteered to help in affected areas in Queensland and New South Wales.

“My only thoughts today are with those who have lost their lives and their families,” Mr Morrison added.

In Queensland, thousands of people spent the night in evacuation centres while officials assessed whether it was safe for them to return home.

Meanwhile fire officials in NSW confirmed that more than 150 homes had been destroyed.

Gusty winds and up to 35C heat have exacerbated the fires, many of which are in drought-affected areas.

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