Australian Bushfires Kill 27, Traps Thousands Others

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What is happening?

Since late 2019, Australia has been engulfed in flames as the country is experiencing its highest temperatures and worst drought ever with little to no recorded rainfall since early September.

As of mid-January, the fires have taken the lives of some 27 people and there are still countless others missing. Among the lives taken are an estimated 1 billion animals including 25,000 koalas.
Australian officials are working to provide for the surviving wild-life left stranded with no food or water. Thousands of pounds of vegetables are being dropped across New South Wales into areas affected by fires.

The fires have scorched the forests, towns, and everything in between. About 20 Million acres have burned, destroying 2,500 buildings, costing an estimated $485 Million in damages. The fires have surrounded communities, cutting them off from leaving and in some instances pushing them all the way out onto the beaches.

What is being done to help?
Firefighters are working around the clock to fight back the fires and protect communities. There are about 3,700 firefighters and crew members on the ground with 3,600+ other personnel including Military reservist, medical personnel, and firefighters from the U.S., Canada, and New Zealand.
The fire crews are using a wide-variety of equipment from helicopters to large cargo aircraft to drop large amounts of water on the fires.

What can you do to help?
You can donate to Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in New South Wales, which helps in the evacuation of animals from affected areas
Support families displaced by the fires
Donate to Port Macquarie Koala Hospital
Raise awareness of the fires and their severity