February 3 In order to control the spread of the novel coronavirus, Perth, Australia’s fourth largest city, has imposed a blockade measure from the 1st.
However, on the day of the “lockdown” began, wildfires broke out in the suburbs of the city, and some residents were forced to flee their homes, but they did not know how to take refuge due to the pandemic blockade measures.
According to the New York Times on the 2nd, wildfires broke out in the northwest suburbs of Perth.
High temperatures, dryness and strong winds caused the fire to spread and became out of control in the early morning of the 2nd.
By the morning of the 2nd, the overfire area had exceeded 80 square kilometers, and many firefighters were hospitalized for inhalation of thick smoke.
At least 71 houses have been burned down in Perth, and a large number of people have been forced to flee their homes.
Garma Martin, a 33-year-old health care worker, was one of the victims, but she was confused about how to take refuge in the future.
“I wish there were only wildfires or pandemic, not two together.” Another local people also tweeted on the 2nd, “First the blockade, then the sky begins to fall, which is the end of the world. The mask has a double effect.
Swan District is the worst part of Perth Mountain Fire, and the local mayor Kevin Bailey said that “the fire is still very critical and almost uncontrollable”.
He also said it was not “realistic” to ask people in the affected area to comply with the lockdown measures for the pandemic.
They should take refuge at relatives or friends, or go to evacuation centers, but need to inform the police that they have changed the isolation site.