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Australian bushfires kill three, destroy at least 150 homes

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Australian bushfires kill three, destroy at least 150 homes

Australian bushfires kill three, destroy at least 150 homes

Three people have died, several are missing and at least 150 homes have been destroyed as bushfires rage across eastern Australia, authorities said on Saturday.

Lauren Anthony reports.

Bushfires on Australia's east coast have killed at least three people and left several unaccounted for.

At least 150 homes have been destroyed.

The New South Wales fire service confirmed two more people had been killed, after the remains of a person were found in a vehicle early on Saturday (November 9).

State premier Gladys Berekjiklian said the blazes were unprecedented, and warned that the number of casualties could rise.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW SOUTH WALES PREMIER GLADYS BEREKJIKLIAN, SAYING: "What has been tragic in the last little while is the confirmation that two lives have been lost.

There are at least seven people unaccounted for and I'm sorry to say that number can increase during the day." WHITE FLASH "We are seeing a situation in New South Wales with these fires that we've not seen before.

And, of course, concerns remain mainly around the Glen Innes area, but also Port Macquarie and Taree regions and the townships around those communities." Some locals have tried to tackle the blazes head on with buckets of water and hoses, while helicopters bomb water on the fires from above.

One resident likened the scene to the 'apocalypse'.

This is one of Australia's worst bushfire seasons - and it's occurring even before the start of the Southern Hemisphere summer, with parts of the country already crippled by severe drought.




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