Bushfires test Australia’s volunteer firefighters to their limits

Bushfires test Australia’s volunteer firefighters to their limits

Among the firefighters facing enormous blazes burning across New South Wales are bakers, teachers, nurses, accountants, mechanics, retirees and full-time parents.

Bushfires have been burning across eastern Australia since well before summer, amid recurring heatwaves and an intense drought. Six people have died, more than 2m hectares of land have been scorched and more than 700 homes destroyed.

Overwhelmingly, those on the frontline fighting the fires are not paid professionals. Volunteers from the state’s Rural Fire Service (RFS) carry emergency pagers and rush from their work at offices, hospitals and factories to pull on their yellow and navy firefighting uniforms…


6-year-old girl among 3 killed as 6.8-magnitude earthquake rocks southern Philippines

The quake struck the island of Mindanao and its largest city, Davao.

A 6-year-old girl was among three people killed when a 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck the southern Philippines island of Mindanao on Sunday.

The girl was inside her family’s house when the building collapsed and killed her, the province’s governor, Douglas Cagas, told CNN. Fire Service director Chief Superintendent Samuel Tadeo confirmed the three deaths and said a market in Padada had collapsed.

The country’s second-largest island is a popular tourist destination, and videos posted on social media showed hotel pools dramatically overflowing and mass evacuations of shoppers from malls…

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