Thousands trapped on Australia beach encircled by fire

Asia Pacific Dec 31, 2019

Thousands trapped on Australia beach encircled by fire

Thousands of vacationers and locals were trapped on a beach in fire-ravaged southeast Australia on Tuesday, as blazes ringed a popular tourist area leaving no escape by land. As many as 4,000 people are trapped on the foreshore of the encircled seaside town of Mallacoota, ...

Bush fires reach Melbourne as heat wave fans Australia blazes

Asia Pacific Dec 30, 2019

Bush fires reach Melbourne as heat wave fans Australia blazes

Around 100,000 people were urged to flee five Melbourne suburbs on Monday evening as Australia's spiralling bush fire crisis killed a volunteer firefighter battling a separate blaze in the countryside. Authorities in the country's second-biggest city downgraded an earlier bush fire emergency warning but said ...