Last Updated: Friday, October 18, 2013

Australia wildfires kill 1, destroy 80 homes

Nearly 100 wildfires across Australia have claimed life of a person and destroyed at least 80 houses.

A 63-year-old man died from a heart attack from a fire at Lake Munmorah, north of Sydney, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

According to the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS), nearly 100 fires are still burning in New South Wales state in Australia's east and more than 30 of those fires are not contained.

Emergency warnings remained in place for fires in the Blue Mountains and the Central Coast, just north of Sydney.

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Below is a photo of a burnt car in front of a house destroyed by bushfires in Winmalee in Sydney's Blue Mountains (AFP).


Roads and schools in the worst-hit areas have been closed and fire assessment teams and police are searching the survivors and victims. 

More than 1500 firefighters are struggling to control the wildfire in 91,000 hectares of land.

Original post: Natural Disasters List October 18, 2013