The Australian government has dispatched the landing dock ship HMAS Choules to deliver relief supplies and potentially evacuate some of the 4,000 people trapped in the town of Mallacoota, Victoria due to bushfires.
The giant fires in New South Wales and Victoria have devastated communities along the coastline, forcing residents and tourists to flee for safety. On Tuesday, as smoke obscured the sun and flames lit the sky, the beaches at Mallacoota were temporarily transformed from a destination to a place of refuge. As of Wednesday the fires had finished burning through the area, but with roads to the outside cut off by fire damage, food and water are limited. Read on.