Fire damage in Dunalley, east of Hobart, 5 January
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Australia bushfires: Thousands stranded in Tasmania

Rescue teams in the Australian state of Tasmania are searching for missing people after bushfires swept the island.

Thousands of people have been stranded and at least 100 homes destroyed.

Much of Australia is experiencing a heatwave, and temperatures in the Tasmanian state capital Hobart earlier reached a record high of 41C.

Nick Bryant reports.

  • 06 Jan 2013