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Australian Authorities Urge Residents in South Australia to Evacuate, Bushfire Crisis to Intensify by Weekend

  • The authorities in Australia have urged the residents of the eastern states (including Victoria and New South Wales) to evacuate as they believe the condition of the raging bushfires will get out of control (as strong winds are fanning flames) during the weekend. A state of disaster has been declared by Victoria and around 100,000 people have been asked to evacuate as deterioration is expected on Saturday. The raging fire was rated by the weather officials as “very high” to “extreme” in almost entire South Australia. Tourists have been instructed to leave the area between Victoria border and Batemans Bay before Saturday as the fire is forecasted to reach the second-highest level of danger. The death toll has reached 20 and 1,200 homes are razed all across Australia due to the raging bushfires since September. 5.25 million hectares (13 million acres) of bushland have burned during this season. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was heckled by angry locals when he visited bushfire-ravaged town Cobargo in New South Wales. Morrison has been criticized for his mishandling the unprecedented bushfire crisis in Australia and even taking a vacation to Hawaii during the crisis.