8 killed, several missing in Australian bushfires this week
Eight people have been confirmed dead as the result of bushfires in southeast Australia this week, with several others still missing and hundreds of homes lost.
Seven people in the state of New South Wales (NSW) were killed, while one person perished in the state of Victoria, police confirmed on Wednesday.
Authorities have concerns for at least one person missing in NSW, while an unknown number of people remain missing in Victoria.
The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) confirmed that 382 homes had also been lost this week, with that number expected to rise as further assessments are made.
Thousands of people from that area have been displaced and an extensive relief effort continued on Thursday to provide food and shelter — involving military ships and aircraft.
Weather conditions were predicted to worsen later in the week exacerbating existing fires.
As of Thursday, in NSW there were 110 fires burning out of control with 50 yet to be contained, while in Victoria there were 38 warnings in place for fires there