Aerial shot of fireball from a Melbourne warehouse fire | REUTERS
A fire in an industrial warehouse lit up the Melbourne sky on Wednesday morning (August 30) with thick smoke billowing across the city skyline, forcing residents to seek shelter and schools to shut, according to Australian media.
Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) said the fire began around 5 am local time (1900 GMT), with more than 100 fire-fighters battling the blaze, according to the Nine Network. MFB Acting Deputy Chief Officer Ken Brown said that the warehouse contained acetone and oxyacetylene, which energized the fire.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that several schools in the proximity of the smoke were closed, while planes were diverted from the area.
The fire is expected to burn for several hours. — Reuters
At least 90 pilot whales are reportedly dead after around 270 whales washed up on a sandbar in the coast of Tasmania in Australia.
Marine rescue teams arrived on Monday (September 21) to save the whales, however, authorities estimated there will be more casualties due to difficulty in getting the whales back to the ocean.
“We’ve got animals spread over a large area and in really challenging locations. We’re going to take the animals with the best chance to start with and the ones that we are able to deal with,” according to Parks and Wildlife Services marine biologist Dr. Kris Carlyon.
Carlyon also reported that authorities began its large scale operation on Tuesday (September 22), however, he said it will still take days. Experts are still investigating the cause of the mass stranding but it might be due to food hunting. AAC (with reports from Nina Bascon)
The Australian government has extended the implementation of international border restrictions for at least three more months until December 17.
This was the decision of the country’s Health Protection Principal Committee given the prevailing global health risk of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Australia closed its borders in March to prevent the entry of COVID-19 in the country.
In July, the Australian government allowed the return of around 4,000 of its citizens and permanent residents.
To date, only those covered by travel exemptions are allowed to leave or enter the country.
Travel exemptions can be processed online through the Australian Border Force but only qualified individuals will be granted.
These included those working in essential industries and businesses, those needing immediate medical treatment outside Australia, unavoidable personal circumstance, compassionate or humanitarian grounds or anything related to national security.
Meanwhile, temporary visa holders need not acquire travel exemptions from authorities as they may leave anytime to be able to return to their home country.
They have to make sure, however, that their country of destination will accept them once they leave Australia.
For list of exempted individuals, travelers may check on the official webpage of the Australian Department of Home Affairs. MNP (with inputs from Danny Delleva)
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