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Photos:All to know about the Australia Fire

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Australia is facing an unprecedented national crisis, as bushfires tear through rural communities across the nation. Since September, at least 20 people have died and over 1,500 homes have been destroyed. Another 28 people have been confirmed missing after bushfires tore through busy tourist hubs in eastern Victoria at the turn of the new year. The scale of the threat is immense, and fires continue to burn, with authorities calling for people to evacuate their homes as the country braces for another weekend of catastrophic danger.

Australians caught up in the crisis are taking to social media and pleading for help. Entire towns have been flattened as fires snaked through bushland, across highways and up mountains. In New South Wales and Victoria, the most populous states in the country, people tried to outrun the blaze and highways were clogged with cars. In major cities, such as Sydney and Melbourne, a dense smoke has descended over busy metropolitan areas like a blanket. Some regions of the country recorded air quality measurements 20 times above the hazardous level.

The situation is grim. Australians are exhausted and frustrated by a lack of clear leadership. Many have had to flee their homes. With fire conditions getting worse in the coming days, help is required.

Here’s what we know about the ongoing fires and a number of ways you can provide assistance from Australia or afar.

What caused the fires?

This is a complex question. Australia is a continent familiar with bushfires, bushfire management and the importance of fires in regenerating the land. The indigenous people who have lived across the island continent for tens of thousands of years have long known the importance of fire management and how it contributes to the health of ecosystems. Bushfires are a well-understood threat, but the fires now burning across the nation have been described as “unprecedented” in their ferocity and scale.

Fires can start in a number of ways — from carelessly discarded cigarettes to lightning strikes and arson — but they’re fueled by a dizzying amount of factors. A lack of rain and low soil moisture can help enable small fires to grow in size, and coupled with the high temperatures and fierce winds that Australia has experienced in the last few months, these small fires can become huge infernos. In addition, with the fire season getting longer, the window to perform critical hazard reduction burns has decreased, giving fires a chance to really take hold.

The bushfire risk for the 2019 season was well known to Australian firefighting chiefs, who had been trying to meet with Scott Morrison, the Australian prime minister, since April, worried that a crisis was coming, but they were constantly rebuffed. #PrayForAustralia

 

 

Source: Cnet Australia

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One Death Case Reported At Mamfe Methodist Girls’ Senior High School

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Earlier this morning, the entire campus was seen to be flooded with smoke from burning refuse causing a very uncomfortable atmosphere for the students to bear.

A report given by Power FM states that about 20 students who could not withstand the intensity of the smoke fainted and had to be rushed to the nearby hospital for immediate care.

“My daughter called me this morning with tears and requested that I pick her up due to her condition and the smokiness of the school.” This was a statement given by the father when interviewed by Mugabe Maase of Power FM.

Unfortunately this evening, the headmistress has announced the sudden death of one girl and related it to the malaria fever she had yesterday.

As at now, report reaching Eghnews indicates the fuss going on in the school with parents trying to take their wards out of the school.

Source:Eghnews.com

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KNUST SHS Students Protest After Death of Colleague

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Some students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Senior High School (KNUST SHS) on Tuesday evening held a protest against the school authorities following the death of a student.

According to the students, one of their colleagues who had an ulcer and was ill was not attended to adequately by the school authorities.

They believe the authorities feared he had contracted the novel coronavirus and as a result, did not attend to him for hours leading to his death.

The students then started demonstrating to register their displeasure with the school authorities.

During the protest, they vandalised the headmistress’ car.

It took the intervention of police personnel who were deployed to the school to help maintain calm.

One of the students recounted that “the senior housemaster told his [the deceased boy’s] friends to leave him alone. He told them to sanitise their hands and asked them why they were holding the boy and gave them a plot to weed [as punishment].”

The students also accused the headmistress of also not handling the situation with any urgency.

“The headmistress herself came to stand in front of this boy and the boy was rolling on the floor for more than four hours. They couldn’t call any car to take him to the hospital.”

Authorities of the school declined to speak to Citi News following the death.

A team of police personnel have been stationed on the school’s premises to maintain calm.

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Confirmed: Senior Minister Osafo Maafo Tests Positive

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The Senior Minister, Mr Yaw Osafo Maafo has tested positive for COVID-19.

This was announced today by the Minister of Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah at a press briefing in Accra.

Mr Oppong Nkrumah stated that the disclosure was in consonance with the government’s transparency and with the permission of Mr Osafo Maafo.

He said: “In a separate development that has come to us this morning, Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Maafo has been informed that his sample given for test has been returned positive. He will therefore as of today commence treatment for COVID-19 from home…”.

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