Strong winds stoke more than 100 bushfires across Australia

Strong winds are stoking more than 100 bushfires across Australia's east coast region.

Residents in Syndey woke up to a city shrouded in smoke on Tuesday morning, reports BBC news correspondent Phil Mercer.

Authorities have also issued a catastrophic fire warning for South Australia for Wednesday.

Bushfires have been raging across the region, a common and deadly threat in Australia’s hot and dry summer climate.

Five million people living in the state capital of New South Wales have been affected by thick smoke and extremely poor air quality, Mercer explains.

Australia’s east coast region has been hit by a drought which has also exacerbated the conditions.

The city skyline, including famous landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, has been shrouded in smoke.

The conditions in the last week or so of very hot temperatures, low humidity and very strong winds whip up these fires.

Phil Mercer, BBC reporter in Sydney

Parts of Australia are part of the world's most fire-prone regions.

Phil Mercer, BBC reporter in Sydney

The air was so thick with smoke [this morning].

Phil Mercer, BBC reporter in Sydney

Listen to the news update on Today with Kieno Kammies:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Strong winds stoke more than 100 bushfires across Australia


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Former media exec molested 'hundreds' of boys and young men - Deon Wiggett

Former media exec molested 'hundreds' of boys and young men - Deon Wiggett

The final episode of Deon Wiggett's podcast series 'My Only Story' has been published in collaboration with News24.

District Six land claimants to discuss govt's proposed restitution plan

District Six land claimants to discuss govt's proposed restitution plan

The District Six Reference Group will hold a meeting on Saturday to outline the proposals that the government has put on the table.

Is southern Africa drought drying up Victoria Falls?

Is southern Africa drought drying up Victoria Falls?

Harare-based BBC journalist Shingai Nyoka gives a first-hand account of the devastating effect of the drought on Zimbabwe.

'We're ready and able to deal with increased online payments on Black Friday'

'We're ready and able to deal with increased online payments on Black Friday'

PayFast MD Jonathan Smit says the spread of technologies available should help mitigate risk of compromising payment systems.

Why life sentences aren't the solution to SA's rape crisis

Why life sentences aren't the solution to SA's rape crisis

The criminal justice system needs to take action against the scourge of rape in SA, but longer prison sentences aren't the answer.

This company turns recycled stones into tree-free, waterproof paper

This company turns recycled stones into tree-free, waterproof paper

Tree-free paper? Australian entrepreneurs Kevin Garcia and Jon Tse explain how their company produces paper without using timber.

Popular articles
Considering emigration? Financial planner discusses the affordability of leaving

Considering emigration? Financial planner discusses the affordability of leaving

Can you afford to leave South Africa? Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Barry O'Mahony on what to consider before deciding.

'SAA’s collapse plays nicely into hands of a politically constrained Ramaphosa'

'SAA’s collapse plays nicely into hands of a politically constrained Ramaphosa'

After dithering for fear of spending political capital, SAA is now out of the President’s hands, says Pieter du Toit (News24).

Minister Fikile Mbalula appoints permanent Road Accident Fund board

Minister Fikile Mbalula appoints permanent Road Accident Fund board

Eyewitness News reporter Bonga Dlulane gives details of the new board and the mandate they have been given by the minister.

Jehova Retshepile Wena star Neyi Zimu has passed away

Jehova Retshepile Wena star Neyi Zimu has passed away

The Gospel star succumbed to a long illness on Wednesday night.

There is no Ubuntu in how Khanya Cekeshe has been treated - Thuli Madonsela

There is no Ubuntu in how Khanya Cekeshe has been treated - Thuli Madonsela

Former public protector says the eight-year sentence was too harsh and it shouldn't matter that he was not a Wits student.

[WATCH] Driver assisting a waste reclaimer push trolly up a hill goes viral

[WATCH] Driver assisting a waste reclaimer push trolly up a hill goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

‘South Africans are getting poorer and poorer because of politics’

‘South Africans are getting poorer and poorer because of politics’

SAA is a classic example, says Isaah Mhlanga, Chief Economist at Alexander Forbes Investments.

[VIDEO] People in amusement park thrown off ride in Thailand goes viral

[VIDEO] People in amusement park thrown off ride in Thailand goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.