In Australia, the Government has decided to send military aircraft and vessels in the fire-ravaged states of New South Wales and Victoria. The military is expected to provide humanitarian assistance and carry out evacuations if needed in the coming days.
Meanwhile, thousands of people fled to beaches in the south-eastern states today as emergency-level fires spread.
In Mallacoota, Victoria, around 4,000 people sought shelter on the coast. Two more people have been confirmed dead in New South Wales, bringing the fire-linked death toll to 12. Authorities say four people are missing in Victoria and another in New South Wales.