At least two dead in Australia bushfires

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South Australia’s bushfires leave trail of destruction, with two people confirmed dead. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

At least two dead in Australia bushfires

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Fourteen bushfires burning across southern Australia have killed two people, thousands of animals, and destroyed 16 homes, authorities said on Thursday (November 26) as they feared the toll could rise.

The fires, which stretch across 210 kms (130 miles), broke out on Wednesday (November 25) in heatwave conditions and quickly burnt across farmlands, forcing residents to flee and others to frantically try and save their homes and livestock.

A 56-year-old woman and a 69-year-old man died in separate fires. Thirteen people are being treated in hospital and three people are missing, said South Australia State Premier Jay Weatherill.

Wildfires are an annual summer event in Australia, but rising temperatures have prompted some scientists to warn that climate change could increase the length and intensity of the summer fire season.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology declared October the hottest month on record.

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