Monday, August 17, 2009

Australia's fire system 'flawed'

An official investigation into Australia's wildfires earlier this year has called for sweeping changes to the warning system and evacuation policy.

The fires, which swept through a number of towns in Victoria state, killed 173 people. Many died trying to defend their homes from the flames.

The report urges a rethink of the stay-and-defend approach and identifies failings in the emergency response.

The bushfires were the worst natural disaster to hit Australia.

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