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02/16/09

PM Sanader extends condolences to Australian PM following bushfire disaster



ZAGREB, Feb 16 (Hina) - Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader sent a letter to his Australian counterpart Kevin Rudd on Monday offering his condolences following a bushfire disaster, which claimed the lives of 189 people, the government's public relations office said in a statement.

The death toll from Australia's wildfire disaster rose to 189 on Monday with warnings the toll would continue to climb.

The wildfires in the southern Victoria state wiped out entire small towns on February 7, destroyed more than 1,800 houses and left 7,000 people homeless in Australia's worst natural disaster in a century.

Police confirmed more bodies had been found in the ashes of the disaster, but said the final death toll would not be known until police could identify those killed.