Australia is witnessing the worst bushfire that is ravaging the whole country. The fire that began in late September has been devastating large swaths of the country. Reports say that at least 28 people have died nationwide and more than 2,000 homes have been destroyed. Many states in Australia are affected by this unfortunate bushfire.
State, as well as federal authorities, are struggling hard to control this massive blazes, even with firefighting assistance from other countries, including the United States.
The cause behind the fires?
Many experts say that natural causes like lightning at drought-affected forests is the reason for this deadliest blaze. Moreover, many others believe that hot and dry weather, make it easy for blazes to start and spread.
Furthermore, some statements suggest that not only climates but also humans are to be blamed for deliberately starting the fatal bushfire. According to the police statement, New South Wales (NSW) police have taken legal action against 183 people for fire-related offences since November.
Australian federal politician, MP Craig Kelly, denied any link between Australian climate change and bushfires in an interview on British TV. Furthermore, conservative media have also concentrated on factors, like activities of arsonists as a reason for the bushfire.
What are the damages so far?
The fatal bushfire has engulfed at least 24 million acres of Australia in flames. NSW, the country’s most populated state, is where the destruction is the deadliest. The devastation of the country’s land and biodiversity is very hard to recover again. Reports say that till today Australian fires have killed at least 28 people and destroyed some 2,000 homes. Additionally, an estimated 1 billion animals have lost their lives. Also, the severity of widespread fires is such that scientists fear long-term damage to many sensitive ecosystems.
How bad it is for ecology: Experts’ view
According to the European Union’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, Australia’s bushfires have released 400 megatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. That carbon will stay there as long as it takes the forest to regrow.
An ecologist from the Australian National University, Sarah Legge, in an interview explained how bad the situation is for Australia’s wildlife. She outlined that not only the koalas but also lesser-known species have severely affected.
“Hundreds of species have been affected by these fires,” Legge says. “That includes many dozens of threatened species; some of these will be brought to the brink of extinction as a result of this event. And if they’re not made extinct by this event, I think this is the beginning of the end for them. Because this event will reoccur, it’s awful. It will be an ecosystem collapse in a lot of cases. And we’re not exactly sure what we’ll end up with at the end of it all.”
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How the Government is tackling the situation
The state, as well as federal authorities, have been working to control the fire for months. The bush fires were so severe that states like Victoria, NSW, and the states of Queensland declared a state of emergency. The Australian government had to grant additional government resources to these states to battle the fires.
The Morrison administration deployed more than 3,000 members of the Defence Force for firefighting, evacuation, search and rescue, and clean-up efforts. The Federal Government has also allocated billions of dollars in federal aid, like rebuilding vital infrastructures like schools and health facilities.
Moreover, many countries, like the US, Canada, and New Zealand, have extended their helping hands to Australia to help beat back the fires.
How people can help in raising money for bush fire relief
Unfortunately, Australia is still fighting to combat the fire and in need of financial assistance. People can donate to several organizations working toward victim relief and recovery, including Salvation Army Australia, the Australian Red Cross, the St. Vincent de Paul Society Australia, and the NSW Rural Fire Service.
Furthermore, you can also provide your financial aid to the wildlife rescue groups to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, and Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.
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