tathra - A wildfire has certainly destroyed 69 houses in the Australian coastal town of Tathra. Dozens of other homes were damaged, reports Australian media. Hundreds of residents fled the approaching sea of flames.
Many residents of the town in the state of New South Wales initially sought a safe haven on the nearby beach. A witness spoke to ABC News about 'between fifty and a hundred people'. Due to the smoke development, the visibility deteriorated considerably. 'At any point we had at most two meters of sight,' said the 21-year-old man.
The police finally sent them to the nearby town of Bega, where about 200 people were accommodated in a shelter. Other displaced residents slept in their vehicles or spent the night in a hotel.
The fire brigade stated that the fire could quickly seize around on Sunday due to a combination of strong winds, high temperatures, low humidity and the drought. Residents can not yet return to Tathra, where hundreds of houses would have been spared.