CANBERRA, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott expressed on Friday that the sympathies of the nation are with the victims of the unfolding bushfire crisis in New South Wales.
According to local media, Abbott is expected to fly into one of the ravaged communities later on Friday, saying he fears more deaths.
There's already been one confirmed death, a man who collapsed from a heart attack while defending his home. He died in Wyong Hospital on Thursday afternoon.
Abbott said he wanted to "convey our nation's sympathy to all those who are suffering, to all those who have lost homes."
"And in particular, to acknowledge there has already been a loss of life and we fear more," he said in Brisbane on Friday. " Australia is a country which is prone to natural disaster but, every time it strikes, it hurts and we grieve for all of those who are now hurting."
And the Australian Greens has been criticized when they slammed the Abbott government's climate change policy by this bushfire.
According to local media, Greens deputy leader Adam Bandt has received fierce criticism on social media twitter for posting a picture of the emergency and saying the Coalition's plan will lead to more like it on Wednesday.
However, Greens leader Christine Milne backed her deputy this morning. She said by her twitter that "IPCC says more fires, hottest winter leads to horrific early NSW fires, Abbott boasts dumping climate action, time to face nation".
Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt lashed out at Bandt, saying he is politicizing human tragedy.
"There has been a terrible tragedy in New South Wales," he said. "No one anywhere should seek to politicize any human tragedy, let alone a bushfire on this scale."
In addition, on earlier Friday, the Australian Climate Council has expressed concern and sympathy for all those affected by the current NSW bushfires.
The council said in a statement that the early start to the bushfire season is an example of the types of extreme weather events that are likely to increase in severity and frequency due to climate change.
Professor Lesley Hughes from the Council said that the catastrophic events of the past few days are likely to become increasingly common, and present even greater challenges for Australia's emergency service workers.
"Over the past few decades we've seen a trend towards more frequent hot, dry days particularly in the southwest and southeast regions of Australia. These are the sorts of weather conditions that increase the risk of fire," Lesley Hughes said.