Australia’s east coast declares state of emergency amid ‘catastrophic’ fire threat
Fmr. cabinet members sought ex-UN envoy help
Authorities in Australia’s Queensland and New South Wales states declared a state of emergency on Monday as the country’s eastern region prepared for “catastrophic” fire conditions.
People in areas deemed at the greatest risk were urged to evacuate before forecast unprecedented hot and windy conditions on Tuesday, which officials fear will fan fires already burning.
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