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Australia: Schools close as NSW fires rages on

1 12.11.2019 Инфо

M/S Alfords Point Public School signboard reading "School closed due to Catastrophic Fire Danger Alert", Sydney
M/S Closed school
C/U Sign on school's fence reading "Tharawal school closed 12/11/2019 due to catastrophic fire danger"
M/S School signboard
W/S School signboard
M/S Closed school
M/S Sign on closed school's fence reading "School closed due to catastrophic fire danger warning"
C/U Sign on closed school's fence reading "School closed due to catastrophic fire danger warning"
M/S Road sign warning of fire
SOT, Nick Galanomatis, Local cafe owner: "Look, I can understand why they [government] did it but I think it is a little bit of an overkill. All day in the media, on the news, every second word was 'catastrophic, catastrophic, catastrophic', so. We've had lot more harder conditions here. We've had bushfires in the area, yet none of the schools closed down. Actually in the area there are no fires at present, yet a lot of schools have closed down."
M/S Closed school
M/S Closed school
M/S School parking lot
W/S Closed school
SOT, Nicola Leech, local gym worker: "It's hot, there's definitely a high risk. I was actually - because I work for Fitness First - I was calling people up who might be interested to come to the gym, and people were saying that they can't even leave their homes or can't go out to work, because they need the way to be evacuated, so they're just staying close to home, with friends and families. So it's concerning for everyone."
M/S Closed school
W/S Road sign warning of fire
SOT, Nicola Leech, local gym worker: "I mean I was a bit sceptical about climate change but it seems to be a bit more evident now that there actually could be quite a possibility."
W/S Bushes
W/S Bushes
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SOT, Nick Galanomatis, Local cafe owner: "It's hot but it's not humid, so it's probable reached maybe 35 to 36, but it's not hot because it's very light humidity. The wind has picked up probably the last hour, but we were told by midday it'd hit 40 to 70 k[m]s, and as you can see now, it's not that bad."
W/S Closed school
SOT, Wendy Schuld, local resident: "It's really difficult for me to be out here in the smoke. And I grew up in the bush and I spent years with, knowing my dad, my uncles, my cousins, we spent days fighting bushfires. You know it's just, and it just doesn't seem to stop."
W/S Closed school
SoT, Alex Schuld, local resident: "I think we should take the word 'climate change' out of all discussions, because all it does is fire up the idiots and those who have no idea about what it really means. It's a controversial word, so why don't we just talk about the effects we remember have taken place in the last 20 years. And yes it has changed. As a fisherman, I know that at this time of year we shouldn't be getting nor'westers blowing at, eh, 40 knots."
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SCRIPT
More than 500 schools closed down across New South Wales and in suburban Sydney on Tuesday, as bushfires in New South Wales rage on. Footage shows several closed schools, with signs warning of "catastrophic fire danger."
Local residents expressed their concern about the critical situation.
Nicola Leech, a gym worker, said that she was "calling people up who might be interested to come to the gym, and people were saying that they can't even leave their homes or can't go out to work, because they need the way to be evacuated, so they're just staying close to home, with friends and families. So it's concerning for everyone."
Australian Education Minister Sarah Mitchell reportedly said that, following advice from the Rural Fire Service, the Department for Education is taking a 'cautious' approach to bushfire safety.