Financial aid comes to Tasmania wildfire victims

Bernadette Carreon – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Tasmania, Australia (4E) – Tasmania is getting help from the Australian government in terms of financial aid and deployment of firefighters as wildfires affects thousands.

According to a statement from the office of Prime Minister Julia Gillard, the financial aid from the government will be A$8,875 ($9,301) to help people in fire-stricken communities cover living expenses and find new homes.

More than 100 properties were destroyed as a result of the wildfire in Tasmania, which is located in the southeast coast of Australia.

Thousands of people have to flee their burning homes.

According to the weather bureau, recorded temperatures in Australia is higher than 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), the most wide-ranging heatwave since 2001. It will persist in South Australia and Victoria next week.

“This is a tragic time for those who have suffered loss in the devastating Tasmanian bushfires,” Gillard said in her statement yesterday.

There has no report of fatalities yet but authorities feared that there will be as a small number of people are reported missing.

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