Two people have died as dozens of fires rage across eastern Australia, authorities said Tuesday.

The two people, believed to be a man and his son, died as flames hit the Bega Valley town of Cobargo early this morning while a third person is still missing, Australia-based ABC News reported quoted local officials.

The fires gutted buildings along the South Coast of New South Wales, fire officials said.

The bushfire in Gippsland, a region in the southeast, devastated dozens of properties including houses and a primary school, leaving four people missing.

Search and rescue operations for missing people are

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