Bushfires rage out of control across southeast Australia

Updated: 2020-01-04 19:44
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An image obtained on January 3, 2020 shows evacuees being transported by landing craft to MV Sycamore at Mallacoota, Australia. [Photo/Agencies]

Highlights of what is happening across Australia:

* Temperatures topped 45C (113F) in much of the Sydney metropolitan area. 

* Many towns have been isolated as major and minor roads are closed.

* In South Australia, two people died on Kangaroo Island, a popular holiday spot not far off the coast.

* Six people remain unaccounted for in Victoria, Premier Andrews said on Saturday, down from 28 reported on Friday.

* The focus on Saturday is preventing more loss of life, authorities said. National parks have been closed.

* Morrison confirmed that his visit to India and Japan scheduled for mid-January had been postponed due to the fires.

* More than 5.25 million hectares (13 million acres) of land has been burnt this fire season.

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