Bushfire death toll rises after man dies in hospital

The death toll from NSW's unprecedented bushfires has climbed to 21 following the death in hospital of an elderly man burned in Cobargo on New Year's Eve.

The 84-year-old was taken from his home on Tuesday December 31 to South East Regional Hospital before he was transferred to Concord Hospital in Sydney where he died in the early hours of Saturday.

"A report will be prepared for the coroner," a NSW Police spokeswoman told AAP on Sunday.

He becomes the third person to die in the area.

Young father Patrick Salway, 29, was found dead at a home on the outskirts of Cobargo alongside his father Robert, 63, in December.

Burnt down and charred remains of businesses in Cobargo. Source: AAP

Cobargo’s residents made national headlines earlier this month when they berated Prime Minister Scott Morrison during a visit to the town.

A group of residents, angry at the lack of government help yelled at the prime minister, saying: "You won't be getting any votes down here buddy”.

The 21 deaths in the state have occurred across NSW since October as a result of the devastating bushfires that have burned through more than five million hectares and destroyed more than 2100 homes.

Meanwhile five people have been killed in Victoria’s bushfires this season.

NSW Rural Fire Service volunteer Anika Craney sits at what used to be her Cobargo home. Source: Getty Images

Around the state of NSW fires continue to burn despite the heavy downpour reaching some areas.

Sixty-nine fires continue to burn throughout NSW with 20 out of control on Sunday evening.

On Sunday evening, Vic Emergency had warnings across the NSW-Victoria state border for bushfires near Wroxham, Cann River and Bonang, while parts of Melbourne spent late afternoon being lashed with hail.

—With AAP

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