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Service station in bushfire-ravaged town is blasted for DOUBLING the price of bottled water

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 2/01/2020 Kelsey Wilkie

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A service station in an area being ravaged by bushfires has been slammed for doubling the price of bottled water during the disaster.

A disgusted shopper snapped a picture of the price tag showing a 24-pack of Mount Franklin water was being sold for an eye-watering $48 at Termeil BP, on the Princes Highway.

The image has sparked outrage as Australia is teetering on the edge of a humanitarian crisis.

A disgusted shopper snapped a picture of the price tag showing a 24-pack of Mount Franklin water was being sold for an eye-watering $48 at the service station © Provided by Daily Mail A disgusted shopper snapped a picture of the price tag showing a 24-pack of Mount Franklin water was being sold for an eye-watering $48 at the service station a sign on the side of a road: Destroyed buildings are seen in Cobargo, NSW, Wednesday, January 1, 202. Several bushfire-ravaged communities in NSW have greeted the new year under immediate threat © Provided by Daily Mail Destroyed buildings are seen in Cobargo, NSW, Wednesday, January 1, 202. Several bushfire-ravaged communities in NSW have greeted the new year under immediate threat

The owner of the store told Daily Mail Australia the sign was a mistake and the bottles had simply been mislabelled.

He said the sign was supposed to read two packs for $48 but an employee forgot to write the small but important detail.

Pictures: Australia's bushfire emergency

Residents in areas being destroyed by bushfires claim other businesses have been trying to taker advantage of people in need too. 

One woman claimed a store in Lake Conjola had doubled the price on all their products, selling a loaf of bread for $9.

Desperate locals and tourists have been clearing supermarket shelves as they prepare for conditions to worsen.

Hundreds of fires are still burning out of control across the country, destroying millions of hectares, killing 18 and leaving at least 1,200 homes destroyed, with catastrophic 46C weather conditions forecast for Saturday.

Water supplies in both states have been contaminated in some areas, while it is simply running out all together in others. 

a group of people riding on the back of a truck: Pictured: People lining up to use a public telephone booth after telephone reception was cut across the south coast of NSW © Provided by Daily Mail Pictured: People lining up to use a public telephone booth after telephone reception was cut across the south coast of NSW a man standing next to a tractor: Business owners stand in front of their shop which was destroyed by a bushfire in Cobargo, New South Wales, Australia © Provided by Daily Mail Business owners stand in front of their shop which was destroyed by a bushfire in Cobargo, New South Wales, Australia

A Navy ship that delivered emergency supplies to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake has left Sydney and is expected to reach the waters off the fire-stricken town of Mallacoota, Victoria on Thursday.

HMAS Choules will provide relief to 4,000 people who remain stranded in the seaside town after it was devastated by bushfires.

Victorian Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said evacuating people onto the ship is 'an option that we're seriously considering'. The ship can carry up to 1,000 at a time. 

Since Monday, eight have been killed and four are missing feared dead in the fires in NSW and Victoria.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted BP Australia for comment.

At Microsoft News Australia we've partnered with the giving platform Benevity to raise funds for Australian Red Cross, St Vincent De Paul Society and The Salvation Army; these organisations are helping communities across the country devastated by bushfires. You can help these organisations by donating here and for the latest news and RFS links visit Bushfire emergency.

 

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