Wildfires Death Toll in Australia Nears 100

Posted: 8th February 2009 by Simo Häyhä in Mother Nature, Politics

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The death toll from bush fires in southern Australia has reached at least 93, the worst in the country’s history. Thousands of firefighters, aided by the army, are battling several major fires, and the number of dead is expected to rise as fires are put out. Arsonists responsible for lighting the fires could be charged with murder, police have said.

Entire towns in Victoria state were destroyed as fires were fanned by extreme temperatures and wind. Witnesses described seeing walls of flames four storeys high, trees exploding and the skies raining ash, as fires tore across 30,000 hectares (115 sq miles) of forests, farmland and towns.

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