2 Jan 2020

Wildfires spark state of emergency in Australia

Chief Correspondent

Australia’s Prime Minister was forced to cut short his visit to an area of New South Wales that’s been ravaged by wildfires – after he was barracked by furious residents over the government’s handling of the crisis.

Tens of thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate the worst hit areas – amid warnings that fire conditions are set to get worse again on Saturday, with soaring temperatures and strong winds. But many of them are still stranded: escape routes blocked by the sheer volume of traffic.