Two people found dead and 100 homes destroyed in Australian bushfires

A water bombing helicopter flies over a bushfire as residents look on in Forster New South Wales Australia on Nov 7 2019

Firefighters in Australia are battling more than 100 bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland, officials said Monday.

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment and the Disaster Recovery Allowance have been activated to provide financial assistance, payment that provide $1000 for adults and $400 for children that have lost their homes.

New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian warned that next week's weather forecast "could mean we're not through the worst of it".

New South Wales police said another unidentified body was found in a burned-out building at Johns River.

Another five people remained missing in the vicinity of the Glen Innes fire and authorities held grave fears for their safety, Fitzsimmons said.

But within an area spanning nearly 1,000 kilometres (600 miles), schools were burned and at least 150 homes were destroyed, while authorities were forced to evacuate detention centres and old people's homes. More than 150 homes have been destroyed, and a school in Glen Innes, NSW, has been severely damaged.

"It is a sobering reminder of what is ahead, with the outlook indicating the next three or four months is dominated by above-average temperatures, below-average rainfall and unfortunately there is no meaningful signal anywhere for drought-breaking, relieving rain", he said.

The RFS issued a dire warning for Tuesday, saying: "If you are threatened by fire, you may not get help".

How many fires are blazing?

In NSW, the worst-hit state, crews have fought hundreds of fires since September.

Mr Fitzsimmons said along with the 1300 firefighters on the ground right now from across Australia and New Zealand, they were in contact with colleagues from Canada and the USA for possible help in light of Tuesday's predicted forecast.

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In the New South Wales town of Taree, more than 300 people evacuated overnight to a social club, including Club Taree's chief executive Morgan Stewart. But the storms were not almost enough to end the long-running drought.

On Friday evening, a State of Fire Emergency for Queensland residents was declared: "It is now too late to leave the area".

"Tomorrow we are expecting it to be the worst day and when you consider we're still three weeks away from Summer, this is a cause for concern".

Water-bombing aircraft are often flying long distances because of the difficulty of accessing water in dry areas.

"It is a sobering reminder of what's around the corner", he said.

The poor air quality prompted health warnings for those with asthma and other respiratory problems.

This is what climate change looks like.

Mr Morrison was heckled during the briefing by a climate change protester.

A total fire ban was instituted statewide and will stretch into Monday and Tuesday, the fire service said.

Officials have confirmed that 2018 and 2017 were Australia's third and fourth-hottest years on record respectively. "We can not overstate the flammability of the fuel given the current drought", he said.

Even if global temperatures are contained to a 2C rise above pre-industrial levels - a limit set out in the landmark Paris accord, agreed by 188 nations in 2015 - scientists believe the country is facing a unsafe new normal. "It used to be God's country, but it ain't any more", said another neighbour, 72-year-old Dave Scott. Share your experiences by emailing haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk.

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