Australian bushfires: 2 killed and 100 homes destroyed as 85 blazes rage
At least two people have died and 100 homes have been destroyed as an unprecedented number of bushfires tore through eastern Australia Saturday.
New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian also said seven people were unaccounted for, as firefighters tried to contain dozens of out-of-control blazes that have raged in the state since Friday.
Emergency services said they had found the remains of one person in a car and another woman died despite medics struggling for several hours to save her.
“At this stage, it appears at least 100 homes have been destroyed in yesterday’s bush fires,” the fire service said in an update early Saturday.
More than 30 people have been injured, most of them firefighters.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said a large number of fires was “incredibly concerning.” He urged residents to “stay safe” and “listen to emergency services”.
“I’m getting regular updates and we stand ready to offer any assistance needed,” he tweeted