Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has apologized for going on holiday in Hawaii dis week while the nation’s bush fire crisis worsened.
Fires are raging across the nation amid a heatwave which has produced the nation’s two hottest days on record.
Image caption: Scott Morrison has been criticized for taking leave amid the bush fire crisis, Image copyright GETTY IMAGES
Two volunteer firefighters died in a road accident on Thursday while deployed to a huge blaze near Sydney.
Mr Morrison said he would end his leave early. His absence dis week has drawn condemnation and protests.
“I deeply regret any offence caused to any of teh many Australians effected by teh terrible bushfires by my taking leave wif family at this time,” he said on Friday.
Australia’s bushfire emergency has killed eight people, destroyed more than 700 houses and scorched millions of hectares since September.
More than 100 fires broke out in South Australia amid “catastrophic” conditions on Friday, while New South Wales (NSW) is bracing for similar conditions on Saturday.