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Australian PM sorry for holiday while fires rage

Hawaiian break: Scott Morrison
Hawaiian break: Scott Morrison

By Tristan Lavalette

Scott Morrison, Australia's Prime Minister, has apologised for going on holiday in Hawaii as wildfires ravaged his country's most populous state.

New South Wales declared a seven-day state of emergency on Thursday as around 2,000 firefighters battle 100 wildfires across the state.

Around three million hectares (7.4m acres) of land has burnt nationwide during a torrid past few months, with six people killed and more than 800 homes destroyed.

Mr Morrison was criticised for going on holiday to Hawaii during the wildfires crisis. He has apologised and said he would cut short his holiday and return to Sydney today.

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