[ti:Australia’s Military Aids in Wildfire Rescues][by:shang05.com][00:00.00]更多听力请访问shang05.com[00:00.04]Tens of thousands of vacationers raced to flee seaside towns[00:07.24]on Australia's east coast Thursday as fires burned across large areas.[00:16.16]Military ships and helicopters have begun rescuing thousands of people trapped by the fires.[00:25.60]Fueled by hot weather and high winds, more than 200 fires are now burning[00:33.04]across the southeastern states of New South Wales and Victoria.[00:40.04]Long lines formed outside food stores and fuel stations near high-danger areas.[00:48.68]Shelves were emptied of foods like bread and milk as local people and visitors sought supplies to either stay or leave.[01:00.92]More than 50,000 people were reported without electricity.[01:06.56]Some affected towns had no available drinking water.[01:12.68]Officials urged evacuation of several towns on Australia's southeast coast, a popular area during the holiday season.[01:24.52]The officials warned that extreme heat predicted for the weekend will fuel the fires' growth.[01:33.96]"The priority today is fighting fires and evacuating, getting people to safety,"[01:40.96]Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters in Sydney.[01:46.76]The wildfires have kiiled eight people in the eastern states of New South Wales and Victoria since Monday.[01:56.56]Eighteen other people are still missing, officials said Thursday.[02:02.80]Also, a naval ship arrived at the southeastern coastal town of Mallacoota,[02:09.24]where 4,000 residents and visitors have been waiting on a beach since Monday night.[02:17.40]Naval officers said they would open registration for evacuation Thursday.[02:24.80]The ship is expected to make two or three trips in the coming days, state officials said.[02:32.88]Michelle Roberts owns a small restaurant in Mallacoota.[02:37.72]She told Reuters reporters by phone, "It is hell on earth. It is the worst anybody's ever seen."[02:47.84]Roberts hoped to get her 18-year-old daughter out on the ship[02:53.16]to get away from the fires and thick smoke that continue to surround the town.[03:00.80]Five military helicopters were on their way to the south coast to support firefighters' efforts[03:08.84]and bring in supplies, the Australian Defense Force said.[03:14.48]The aircraft will also be used to evacuate injured, old and young people.[03:22.16]A group of 39 firefighters from North America landed in Melbourne on Friday.[03:29.12]Almost 100 U.S. and Canadian experts have traveled to Australia to help deal with the crisis.[03:40.08]The New South Wales state government declared a state of emergency beginning Friday.[03:46.76]The declaration gives officials powers to forcibly evacuate people and take control of services.[03:57.56]Prime Minister Scott Morrison urged those waiting for help[04:02.28]and those stuck in traffic "to be patient ... help will arrive."[04:09.24]Temperatures are expected to be above 40 degrees Celsius along the south coast Saturday.[04:17.44]"It is going to be a very dangerous day. It's going to be a very difficult day,"[04:24.12]said NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons.[04:31.40]The prime minister said the fires will burn for "many, many months ...[04:37.00]unlike a flood, where the water will recede, in a fire like this, it goes on[04:44.04]and it will continue to go on...until we can get some decent rain."[04:51.80]Bushfires so far this season have destroyed more than 4 million[04:57.44]hectares of bushland and more than 1,000 homes.[05:04.24]I'm Caty Weaver. 更多听力请访问shang05.com