Smoke from the Victoria bushfire fills the sky over Melbourne city on January 14, 2020.
Smoke from the Victoria bushfire fills the sky over Melbourne city on January 14, 2020.
Photo by Mark PETERSON / AFP

Melbourne: The air quality in Melbourne deteriorated to the "worst in the world" on Tuesday as smoke from the massive bushfires engulfed Australia's second biggest city with authorities issuing health warnings advising people to stay indoors and take precautionary measures. The raging Australian bushfires, one of the worst in its history, has killed at least 26 people, burned over 10 million hectares of land, destroyed over 2,000 homes and pushed many species towards extinction.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Meteorology has forecast rains through the week, bringing some relief to the bushfire affected communities and the firefighters.

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