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Graphic toont de belangrijkste onbeheersbare bosbranden rond Sydney.


Dichtstbevolkte Australische staat roept noodtoestand uit wegens bosbranden

By Mike Tyler

December 19, 2019 - De dichtstbevolkte Australische staat, New South Wales, heeft een zeven dagen durende noodtoestand afgekondigd nu extreme hitte onbeheersbare bosbranden opstoken, waaronder drie grote vuurzeeën rond Sydney.

The last state of emergency ran for seven days in mid-November amid “catastrophic” fire risk and was the first implemented in New South Wales since 2013. Central Sydney reached a maximum of 39 degrees Celsius (102 Fahrenheit) on Thursday, while outer suburbs scorched at 42 Celsius (108 F).

A statewide total fire ban announced on Tuesday will remain in place until midnight on Saturday.

Around 3 million hectares (7.4 million acres) of land has burnt nationwide during a torrid past few months, with six people killed and more than 800 homes destroyed.

The annual Australian fire season, which peaks during the Southern Hemisphere summer, started early after an unusually warm and dry winter.

PUBLISHED: 19/12/2019; STORY: Graphic News