The death toll from Australia’s wildfires has risen to 128, and authorities said they expect the number to go higher.
Authorities counted more victims overnight as they reached further into a huge zone scorched by blazes that ripped across southeastern Victoria state over the weekend.
Victoria police spokeswoman Marika Sengler said the confirmed death toll on Monday afternoon was 128.
At least 750 homes were destroyed in the fires that in some cases razed entire towns.
Officials say they expect the toll to go higher as investigators move into areas not yet reached.
Australia’s previous deadliest fires were in 1983, when blazes killed 75 people and destroyed more than 3,000 homes in Victoria and South Australia.