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Perth (Australia), Nov 21 (Canadian-Media): With earlier onset of annual Australian fire season after an unusually warm and dry winter, more than 600 homes in Sydney, Australia's most populous city, have been destroyed, media reports said.
Wildfires. Image credit: Unsplash
Sydney was shrouded by thick hazardous smoke on Thursday with wildfires burning across eastern and southern Australia.
Smoke from around 50 wildfires burning mainly in northern parts of the state and caused the air pollution levels reading about 10 times higher than the national standard, said the New South Wales Rural Fire Service and added that the smoke is expected to continue for several days.
People with respiratory or heart conditions were advised to stay indoors and seek medical advice when needed.
Victoria Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp has declared Code Red, with the highest possible fire risk and a statewide total fire ban with a warning to be vigilant.
With more than 40 wildfires ablaze in South Australia, the fire danger was elevated to "severe" in the island state of Tasmania off mainland Australia's southeastern coast.