Saturday 18 August 2018

Australia wildfires destroy dozens of homes and kill livestock

Smoke rises from a destroyed home after a bushfire swept through the town of Tathra, located on the south-east coast of New South Wales in Australia Photo: AAP/Dean Lewins/via Reuters
Smoke rises from a destroyed home after a bushfire swept through the town of Tathra, located on the south-east coast of New South Wales in Australia Photo: AAP/Dean Lewins/via Reuters
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Wildfires have razed dozens of homes in southeast Australia, cut power to thousands more and killed livestock.

Most of the weekend blazes had been contained by Monday and there have been no reports of serious injury, officials said.

The worst-hit town was Tathra on the south coast of New South Wales state where more than 70 homes and businesses had been severely damaged or destroyed by a fire that started in woods around midday on Sunday, Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said.

In neighbouring Victoria state, up to 18 homes had been destroyed over the weekend by three fires and 40,000 homes lost power, Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley said.

Smoke rises near a destroyed car and home after a bushfire swept through the town of Tathra, located on the south-east coast of New South Wales in Australia, March 19, 2018. AAP/Dean Lewins/via REUTERS
Smoke rises near a destroyed car and home after a bushfire swept through the town of Tathra, located on the south-east coast of New South Wales in Australia, March 19, 2018. AAP/Dean Lewins/via REUTERS

Sheep and cattle losses had yet to be assessed.

Some of Tathra’s evacuated residents would be able to return to their homes on Monday, as emergency workers restore power to the devastated area, Mr Fitzsimmons said.

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