At least three more people have died, four are missing and thousands are surrounded by wildfires that are devastating southeastern Australia, officials said.
New South Wales Rural Fire Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons reveals that preliminary reports point to three more dead: two people in the city of Cobargo and one in Belowra.
Quoted by Reuters, the same official source says that four other people are reported missing in the state of Victoria.
In East Gippsland, on the border with the state of New South Wales, to which Mallacoota belongs, about 4,000 people fled to the beaches to escape the flames in one of Australia's most touristy regions.
At a press conference, Victoria State Head of State Daniel Andrews said that consideration could be given to evacuating some fire-affected communities such as Mallacoota, where, according to images broadcast on social networks, a Red sky and dense smoke.
"We made requests [to the Australian Defense] to support us in assessing property damage and also to access some isolated communities by sea," he said.
The situation in the state of Victoria has worsened in recent days, with 260 new fires reported Monday and 61 more during the early hours of today.
In the state of New South Wales, the hardest hit by this crisis, three people were reported missing in the southern coast towns of Cobargo and Belorwa, and dozens of properties were destroyed.
State Rural Fire Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told the press that there are "potential deaths" in a reference to missing persons, without clarifying whether they are residents or firefighters.
The fires have killed 12 people since July.
According to the latest balance, the flames have consumed over four million hectares.