Sydney engulfed in thick smoke

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Firefighters were on Thursday battling several blazes ringing Sydney, leaving Australia’s most populous city blanketed by smoke that is expected to linger for days.

Bushfires have killed at least four people and destroyed more than 400 homes since the start of November. Fires are still burning in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland states.

Authorities are fighting nearly 140 fires across New South Wales, with strong winds stoking several blazes out of control.

Sydney gasps for air as bushfires continue to burn in New South Wales
 People fish off a jetty in Lavender Bay as smoke haze from bushfires in New South Wales engulfs Sydney, Australia, 05 December 2019. Emergency warnings were issued on 05 December for bushfires in New South Wales with much of the state facing record-breaking poor air quality ratings. EPA-EFE/STEVEN SAPHORE

The most severe fires all ringed Sydney, the state capital where about 5 million live.

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service said there were “very difficult conditions for firefighters at a number of large fires this afternoon that are impacting on communities,” adding that weather conditions would cause smoke to settle in many parts of Sydney.

With pollution increasing, Sydney reached as high as No. 19 on the Air Visual global rankings of cities with the worst air pollution, ahead of Mumbai and Shanghai.

Via Reuters

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