Raging wildfires trap 4,000 people at Australian town’s waterfront
On December 31, wildfires burning across Australia’s two most-populous states trapped residents of a seaside town in apocalyptic conditions, destroyed many properties and caused at least two fatalities.
In the southeastern town of Mallacoota, around 4,000 residents fled toward the waterside as winds pushed an emergency-level wildfire towards their homes. The town was shrouded in darkness from the smoke before turning an unnerving shade of bright red.
Victoria State Premier Daniel Andrews said there were plans to evacuate the trapped people by sea. Grave fears remain for the four people missing. “We can’t confirm their whereabouts,” Andrews told reporters on December 31.