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Australia mobilizes the Army to fight fires while the dead rise to 22

January 4, 2020
Movilización militar en Australia para combatir los incendios

Military mobilization in Australia to fight fires – Dean Lewins / AAP / dpa


The Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, has announced the mobilization of 3,000 reservists for the first time in the country's history to assist in the extinction and evacuation of the more than 130 fires that have already swept over five million hectares of Southeast regions since last September and caused the death of 22 people.

Australia mobilizes the Army to fight fires while the dead rise to 22Australia mobilizes the Army to fight fires while the dead rise to 22

The mobilization has begun on a day that is expected to be especially difficult for firefighters because of the new warm front and the high temperatures, which could reach 45º in the next hours in the fires of Tumbarumba and Tumut Batlow, on the border between the states from New South Wales and Victoria.

“I want to make it clear that we are going to increase this deployment in the next few hours,” Morrison added before announcing an additional cost of 12 million euros to rent another four seaplanes.

The deployment of the reservists will act “full time to provide emergency medical and civil care,” according to Australian Defense Minister Linda Reynolds, in statements collected by the 'Sydney Morning Herald'.

The last two dead have been confirmed in Kangaroo Island, the third largest in Australia, and at least 21 people remain missing in the town of East Gippsland, in the state of Victoria, according to the latest balance released by the Chief of Police Graham Ashton

Victoria is now under “state of disaster” for the first time in its history, while New South Wales has been under Emergency for a week, a situation that has been repeated up to three times since the beginning of the bulk of the fires in September.

The high temperatures in the area could lead to the union of some of the 130 foci of fires currently active throughout the country, half a hundred of which are uncontrolled. Particularly serious is that of Green Wattle Creek, just 80 kilometers from Sydney, and that could reach the western outskirts of the city in the next few hours.

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