Military and rescue operations have been underway in Australia, using boat and helicopters to rescue those trapped by 200 plus fires consuming the country. Over 50,000 people in the region are without power, no access to clean drinking water, and are surrounded by smoke-laden skies. Eight people have been killed, with 18 still missing as the number rises every day. A Naval ship has begun to rescue 4,000 people trapped on the beach in Mallacoota since Monday, with the ship able to evacuate 1,000 people at a time. More evacuations have begun in adjoining regions. This is the largest evacuation effort since cyclone Tracy in 1974.