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Police fear deaths in Australian wildfires

RAGING THROUGH:More than 3,000 people were evacuated from their homes, leaving many stranded in emergency shelters as fires raged and cut off roads

AFP, SYDNEY

Hot and dry summer conditions have seen fires start in a number of Australian states this month, with heatwaves in several major cities. Wildfires are a fact of life in arid Australia, where 173 people perished in the 2009 Black Saturday firestorm, the nation’s worst natural disaster of modern times.

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