Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Andrew Barr declared Friday the state of emergency, stressing that Canberra was facing the “worst bushfire threat since the devastating fires of 2003”, according to the News.Com.Au media outlet.
State of Emergency declared for ACT: it is imperative that everyone is prepared, even if you are not in an area of immediate danger. Find out more at: https://t.co/mKH0yseZ8p #stateofemergency #ACTESA #Canberra— ACT ESA (@ACT_ESA) January 31, 2020
“The combination of extreme heat, wind, and a dry landscape will place suburbs in Canberra’s south at risk [...] This fire may become very unpredictable. It may become uncontrollable. So given the best advice available to me, I have just made a decision to declare a Territory-wide state of alert for the Australian Capital Territory. This is effective now and will be in place for as long as Canberra is at risk”, Andrew Barr said, cited by News.Com.Au.
Earlier, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was criticized for his tackling effort both the bushfires and their aftermath.
Rae Kwon Chung, a UN climate expert and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize laureate suggested that the bushfires, unprecedented in scale and intensity, could herald a global "climate disaster".