PortandTerminal.com, January 9, 2020
Australian wildfires spark “unprecedented” evacuations on Kangaroo Island as residents told “act now, leave”
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Australian authorities urged another mass evacuation across the heavily populated southeast on Thursday as a return of hot weather fanned huge bushfires threatening several towns and communities.
There are currently two emergency evacuation warnings in place on Kangaroo Island after fires crossed their containment lines. The island is a popular tourist destination, home to 4,700 people and 60,000 marsupials.
An estimated 380,000 acres of the island have burnt, killing around 25,000 koalas.
Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews urged communities to be on alert ahead of the extreme conditions. “If you receive instructions to leave, then you must leave,” Andrews said in a televised briefing. “That is the only way to guarantee your safety.”
Australians are furious with the government’s inadequate response to the bushfire crisis. The country’s feckless Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday made a plea for foreign tourists NOT to be deterred by the fires. The following day authorities were urging people to evacuate.
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