City government commemorates victims of Australian wildfires

The deputy Chairwoman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, Nguyen Thi Hong, February 20 visited the Australian Consulate General to offer the city’s condolences to the victims’ families in the forest fires, which began to sweep south-eastern Australia February 7.

She hopes that Australian government will soon overcome the consequences of the wildfires and get back to normal life.

So far 181 people are known to have been killed by the fires, which are the worst in Australia’s history. Around 1,600 houses have been destroyed and more than 5,000 people have been left homeless.

Australian police have charged a man with lighting one of the country's deadliest bushfires.

The 39-year-old was charged with arson causing death, for lighting a fire near Churchill in eastern Victoria State. The blaze has killed at least 21 people.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged on two counts of arson. He faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison for the deadly arson charge, and a maximum of 15 years for the second arson charge.

By X.Dang - Translated by Thuy Doan

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