Australia’s bushfires force mass exodus of people

A helicopter drops water on a bushfire outside of Batemans Bay in New South Wales on January 2, 2020. – Australia authorised the forced evacuation of residents on January 2 amid a mass exodus of tourists from fire-ravaged coastal communities, as the country braces for a weekend heatwave expected to fan deadly bushfires. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 31: Rural Fire Service (RFS) firefighters conduct property protection near the town of Sussex Inlet on December 31, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. There are a number of dangerous bushfires burning at emergency level across NSW as weather conditions deteriorate with temperatures expected to rise ahead of gusty southerly change. Princes Highway on the NSW South Coast has been closed with motorists told to avoid all non essential travel. Volunteer firefighter Sam McPaul was killed when his truck rolled over in a freak wind event near Jingellic near the NSW-Victorian border on Monday evening. (Photo by Sam Mooy/Getty Images)
This picture taken on December 31, 2019 shows a kangaroo trying to move away from nearby bushfires at a residential property near the town of Nowra in the Australian state of New South Wales. – Fire-ravaged Australia has launched a major operation to reach thousands of people stranded in seaside towns after deadly bushfires ripped through popular tourist areas on New Year’s Eve. (Photo by SAEED KHAN / AFP)
Cars line up to leave the town of Batemans Bay in New South Wales to head north on January 2, 2020. – A major operation to move people stranded in fire-ravaged seaside towns was under way in Australia on January 2 after deadly bushfires ripped through popular tourist spots and rural areas leaving at least eight people dead. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 29: A home recently destroyed by bushfires can be seen near the town of Bilpin on December 29, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. Firefighters have made the most of slightly cooler conditions over the weekend to contain bushfires burning across the state, however the fire danger is expected to rise due to increasing heat and winds. More than 1500 firefighters are currently battling more than 100 blazes across the NSW, with more than 30 fires still uncontained. (Photo by David Gray/Getty Images)

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