Troops deployed across fire-hit Australia after horror weekend

Среда, 08 Янв, 2020

It's unclear how many, if any, of the fires started by those charged continue to burn.

The chief of the fire authority of Victoria state, Gavin Freeman, set out that rains helped to extinguish the bushfires burning in some spots of New South Wales. "Graham added, "[Koalas] really have no capacity to move fast enough to get away [from the fast-moving flames]".

In Victoria, two people are confirmed dead while in South Australia three people are confirmed dead with 15 bushfires burning.

Firefighters protect homes around Charmhaven, New South Wales, on December 30.

Police found the body on Monday between the property and a vehicle, both of which had been destroyed by fire.

A person stands in protective gear as nearby bushfires turn the sky red in Mallacoota, Victoria. Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban, whose home is under threat from the fires, have donated $500,000 to Rural Fire Services.

In a remote area of South Australia, aboriginal officials say they've approved a cull of up to 10,000 camels, as a drought has driven the thirsty animals to "threatening the APY [local government] communities and infrastructure", CNN reports.

Almost 40 fires, over 923,000 hectares have been burned across Victoria and 110 homes have been confirmed lost, 220 outbuildings destroyed.

For instance, the future of koalas has long since been in question, but now with the bushfires tearing through Australia's "Koala Triangle" (a region where in the majority of the nation's koalas on the Australian east coast live), the threat of extinction is even more huge.

In Victoria, warnings on several fires were downgraded but there were still four emergency level warnings for fires and two evacuation warnings in place.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that there was no room for complacency.

A kangaroo that survived the bushfire in Wollemi National Park in Sydney grazes for food in November 2019. Scientists partly blame global warming caused by human activity for creating a high fire danger.

Nationwide, at least 25 people have been killed and 2,000 homes destroyed by the blazes, which have so far scorched an area twice the size of the USA state of Maryland.

In a statement yesterday, Mr Morrison announced the launch of a National Bushfire Recovery Agency, which would receive an initial funding of $2 billion to support people affected by the fires.

The Insurance Council of Australia increased its estimate for damages claims from the fires to more than $485.59 million on Tuesday, with claims expected to jump further when more fire-hit areas are accessible.