Forest fires raging in the Australian Tasmania because of the heat wave, destroyed more than 100 homes in the south-east of the island, reports on Sunday, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation ABC.
Fires in southeast Tasmania were caused unprecedented heat: on Friday the temperature reached the mark of 41,8 ° C — an absolute record since 1883, when Australia began keeping weather observations.
The police reported that encroached on the fires in residential areas have a large probability of death of a number of people among the missing, but so far there is no evidence for this. According to the latest data, the fire consumed mainly three settlements — Dunalley, Boomer Bay and Marion Bay. Besides firefighters are fighting the fire in ten other towns. About 2 thousand people were cut off from the outside world, as the flames blocked the only road to the coastal town of Hobart, where the items were organized assistance and temporary shelter for the victims, in addition, a large part of the south-east of the island was left without electricity because fires destroyed by At least 300 power line poles.
About a thousand residents of communities where the element has destroyed up to 40% of homes have been evacuated by the police on the ferry across the sea. At least 2 people affected Nubeena delivered to the city, another 700 people are in Port Arthur. Forest fires continue to rage on the continent: the cases of fire reported in the states of South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. According to weather forecasts, the heat will last until the middle of next week.