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Australian heatwave claims almost 30 lives

2009-02-01 05:40:31 GMT2009-02-01 13:40:31 (Beijing Time)  China Daily

A man sunbathes on rocks at a beach in Melbourne January 31, 2009.[Agencies]

People cool off in the water at a beach in Melbourne January 31, 2009. Melbourne recorded its hottest ever three-day heatwave on Friday, after the temperature hit 43.8 degrees Celsius (110.84 Fahrenheit), the third day above 43 Celsius. [Agencies]

A player quenches thirst during a break at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, on January 19. Emergency services have gone to high alert in southeast Australia as the region's worst heatwave in a century sent temperatures soaring and residents scurrying for cover.[Agencies]

Waves crash over rocks in Sydney Harbour near the city's famous bridge and opera house April 29, 2008. [Agencies]

Spectators seek shade at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Australia's second-largest city ground to a halt, crippled by a once-in-a-century heatwave that has claimed almost 30 lives and razed at least 17 homes. [Agencies]

A man sunbathes on rocks at a beach in Melbourne January 31, 2009.

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