Australian bushfires turn deadly

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Two people were found dead and at least 100 homes were destroyed as bushfires raged across eastern Australia, authorities said on Saturday.

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NWS RFS) said that the remains of a person were found in a vehicle. At least seven other people are unaccounted for.

Another woman died in hospital on Saturday of burns sustained near the town of Glen Innes on Friday.

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Fire services in the affected area are on high alert, according to NWS RFS commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons.

A record number of emergency warnings have been issued this week. Parts of the country are facing the worst drought in living memory.

More than 30 people have been injured overall as a result of the fires, including 19 firefighters. Prime Minister Scott Morrison tweeted his thanks to firefighters.

Seventy-two fires are burning across the state of New South Wales, with six described as being at emergency levels. At the peak of the blaze on Friday night, 17 emergency level fires were burning.

Further north, in Queensland, thousands of people spent the night in temporary evacuation centers. A jail near the town of Glen Innes also was forced to evacuate its prisoners.

Via DW/ABC

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